2006 10 03 GrandOpening by Q4FRDCs

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    CUSTOM MARINE INC. CELEBRATES OPENING OF
                 NEW FACILITY

    Headquarters moved under one roof to streamline operations and
                  enhance responsiveness to market.


NEENAH, WI – October 3, 2006 – Custom Marine Inc. (CMI) hosted business partners and
civic leaders at the grand opening of a new corporate headquarters located in Neenah, Wis. The
new 95,220 square foot structure has been designed from the ground up to manufacture high-
quality mufflers, exhaust systems and components for marine, turf care and specialty power
products applications. The facility will allow CMI to incorporate manufacturing operations and
administration under one roof, which will improve services and responsiveness needed to meet
the ever-changing demands of the global marketplace.


“Our business relies on using sophisticated equipment that enables us to design and manufacture
the technologically advanced products our customers expect from the industry leader,” said Joe
Zelinski, president of Custom Marine Inc. “But we could not keep pace with the market without
increasing our manufacturing footprint. We also needed to make certain we maintained our
ability to effectively serve and support our customers, which is why it was important for us to
have all our operations under one roof.


“To deliver superior service and high-quality products we also need to have the right people in
place. That is a key reason we chose to keep our operations based in the Fox Valley area. We
know that here we have a strong base of skilled trades people committed to building very high-
quality products and working together as a team. We can not build our products without these
kinds of talented people making up our workforce,” Zelinski said.


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Custom Marine Inc. Celebrates Opening Of New Facility, add one
According to Zelinski, 84 people are currently employed at the facility, which includes
administration, engineering and design, and skilled trades’ positions. Manufacturing operations
utilize a range of work centers equipped with leading-edge technologies and proprietary
processes, including state-of-the-art tubular steel bending and forming machines; automated
single- and dual-arm robotic welding centers; and computer-numerical-controlled (CNC)
machining centers. Extremely precise manufacturing processes ensure uniform fits and machined
tolerances of .0005, about one-tenth the thickness of a human hair. The company also has the
flexibility to fabricate exhaust and sound attenuation systems using a range of materials, from
aluminized steel to the super alloys specified for military applications.


Custom Marine Inc. is the industry-leading manufacturer and marketer of OEM and aftermarket
exhaust headers, exhaust systems and components designed for high-performance marine,
commercial turf and off-road equipment applications. CMI’s combination of engineering,
manufacturing and design excellence allow the company to deliver products that offer the
superior quality, performance and durability.




PHOTO CAPTION:

Neenah Mayor George Scherck joins 24-year CMI veteran Dan Dubois and CMI President Joe
Zelinski (right) celebrate the opening of new Custom Marine Inc. Manufacturing and Headquarters
facility located in Neenah, Wis.



Media Contact:
Paul Cassata
Custom Marine Inc.
920-720-4225
pcassata@custommarine.com




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