Marine accessory manufacturer, Unified Marine, Bonita Springs, FL, has announced it will be restructuring its operations. The company, best known for its SeaSense brand, will relocate its distribution center from Newport, TN, to a new location in Florida's Naples-Fort Myers area.
According to the company, the purpose of the move is to reduce operating costs, and improve product quality and customer service for its distributors, retailers and end-user customers.
"We want to bring our warehousing and distribution operations back to Florida in closer proximity to our research and development facility in Bonita Springs,' said Unified Marine President and CEO, David Nirenberg. "This not only will help us improve service to our customers, but it also will allow us to more quickly introduce additional innovative new products to the marketplace in support of the leadership position we hold in the marine accessories market.'
In addition to the relocation, Unified has also announced several staff appointments.
Merle Bright has been named the company's Chief Financial Officer. Bright joins the company after running a corporate financial consultancy business for several years. Bright's career includes eight years at KPMG, four years as CFO at dishwasher manufacturer Design & Manufacturing Corp., and 16 years as CFO for various companies in the trucking, concrete and masonry industries.
James Anderson has been appointed Outside Sales Coordinator. Anderson joins the company from Priority One Real Estate where he served as a residential and commercial real estate Sales Associate. He brings a background in sales and marketing to his new position.
Joe Johnson is Unified Marine's new Operations Manager. Previously, Johnson was Warehouse Manager for Yowza Fitness. He has a background in operations management, having also previously served as Sales and Service Manager for Harley Davidson.
Nathan Nicholson has been appointed Purchasing Manager. Nicholson previously was Operations Manager for Unifirst First Aid Corporation.
Jennifer Brackett is the company's new Creative Services Manager. Brackett previously worked for Susan G. Komen as a Graphics Designer. She also brings experience from her time at Dreamworks Studios' Animation Archive and Loaded Skateboards.