Freeman Marine expanding facility

Written by The Curry Coastal Pilot May 15, 2012 09:27 pm

Joe Kolp prepares to use the company’s new waterjet cutter at the Hunter Creek facility. Submitted photo
Joe Kolp prepares to use the company’s new waterjet cutter at the Hunter Creek facility. Submitted photo
Gold Beach’s Freeman Marine Equipment, purchased by a Canadian-based company in November, is preparing to expand its facility and production products starting in July, officials announced.

Freeman Marine outfits vessels worldwide – megayachts, sailing yachts, expedition vessels, offshore trawlers, and large sport cruisers as well as patrol and commercial boats – with watertight marine closures.

AdVanTec Global Innovations (AGI) recently purchased Freeman Marine Equipment and made it one of four companies that make up its Advanced Marine Technologies group. 

AGI  has two divisions, an industrial group of companies and the marine group of companies. The companies within the marine and industrial groups have synergies where each has a set of skills and products that complement each other, said HR Manager Dave Sanders. 

Freeman Marine Equipment historically focused on aluminum products with work in steel and stainless steel to compliment the aluminum product line. The company has been spending most of this year planning and preparing for the move of a steel fabrication business into a portion of the Hunter Creek facility.   

One manufacturing bay, about 60-feet-wide by more than 100-feet long, and served by a 5-ton full-travel bridge crane, is being readied for the new steel product work that is planned to commence in July 2012.   

A new state of the art waterjet cutter has been purchased by Freeman Marine Equipment and was installed at the Hunter Creek facility in April. 

The waterjet cutter utilizes an 87,000 psi stream of water to cut through many different kinds of materials, including but not limited to metal, plastic and rubber.   Steel up to a thickness of 18 inches can be cut, and quarter-inch-thick aluminum can be cut cleanly at the rate of up to 500 inches per minute.

The work-table size of the cutter is 24 feet long by 6.5 feet wide, making it the largest waterjet bed in the state of Oregon, Sanders  said.

Since AGI’s Nov. 30 acquisition of Freeman Marine Equipment, the Gold Beach company has hired eight employees and has current openings for qualified personnel. For more information, visit www.freemanmarine.com.