Article Category: Deck Machinery

Efficient, Rugged Products  Lead the Industry for Deck Machinery

Efficient, Rugged Products Lead the Industry for Deck Machinery

Considering the demanding environment and modern technology, deck machinery geared toward commercial fishing vessels has been upgraded in recent years to improve efficiency, save time and money and work harder. There have been several innovative solutions from both local and global companies that focus on enhancing winches, cranes, power blocks and equipment. Some of the most notable products on the market include rugged winches with customized control and automatic tension-line response, slinky pot conversions with simple rebuilds that increase torque and trawl winches operated via a motor connected directly to the drum. Fishermen’s News reached out to several manufacturers and suppliers to find out the latest. Markey Machine Seattle-based Markey Machine is a longtime leader in ...
Deck Machinery in 2022

Deck Machinery in 2022

The West Coast commercial fishing fleet is blessed with many dynamic deck machinery manufacturers of both independent-family owned and multinational-corporate varieties. New products are regularly announced and legacy products improved. Shop expansions move forward, increasing field-service capabilities, and bestselling trends shift. Companies rise and fall. For those in the commercial fishing industry, tracking the pulse of the region’s deck machinery scene is part of the lifestyle. Herein are a few notable highlights from the industry to help you stay informed. La Conner Maritime: La Conner and Mount Vernon, Wash. La Conner Maritime was founded by Ed Oczkewicz in 1978 to make deck gear for commercial fishing boats. The company started providing field service in Bristol Bay aroun...
Fishermen’s News  2021 Deck Gear & More Survey

Fishermen’s News 2021 Deck Gear & More Survey

Kolstrand Expands Product Lines with Acquisition of Nordic/JK Fabrication It’s been nine months since Integrity Machining, Inc., maker of Kolstrand marine deck equipment, announced the acquisition of the assets of Seattle, Wash.-based J.K. Fabrication, Inc., maker of Nordic winches. Fishermen’s News called them recently to learn how the merger was succeeding during Washington state’s Covid restrictions. “The entire team from JK Fabrication came across and have stayed with us at Integrity Machining’s much larger facility in Marysville, Wash. This has significantly expanded Kolstrand’s already broad product line, to create a leader in the production and supply of all types of equipment for the entire fishing industry,” Integrity Machining President Paul Glyer explained. “This has create...