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Yates and the International WorkBoat Show

May 29, 2013

The simple fact that modern boat builders rely heavily on hydraulics brought us to the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans a few months back.  This influential show, which ran from December 5-7, is the largest commercial marine tradeshow in North America. If you have anything to do with commercial shipping, than this is the must-attend event of the year. With over 1,000 companies, many more thousands of people attending, it was a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with the top names in the industry.

Since this event, several freight and dredging companies operating out of the Great Lakes have actually come to us with some unique orders. One particular company needed assistance in finishing a big dredging boat project. In need of a gate cylinder manufacturer, this industry leader relied on us to provide hydraulics for boom cylinders for their freight and dredging ships.

As one might imagine, the challenges of shipping in their ever-changing Great Lakes (fluctuating water levels, etc.) are much different from those of the open sea. After 40+ years in the business, our expertise in both state-of-the-art hydraulics and the Great Lakes shipping industry put us in a unique position of being a go-to cylinder provider and problem solver in this region. Further, our wide selection of cylinders and our experience working with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) have allowed us great versatility in serving the hydraulic needs of the boat building industry at large.

We look forward to returning to New Orleans for the next installment of this show, which will run from October 9-11 (

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