MetalCraft Marine held an open house at its Kingston, Ontario, waterfront shops on Sept. 14 in celebration of its 25th anniversary of building boats.
Company officials say they are proud to be carrying on the boatbuilding tradition that was started on the same site well over 100 years ago. Since then, the materials may have changed, the company says, but the passion for boatbuilding has stayed the same.
On display at the open house was a 70-foot class leading fireboat being built for the Port of Houston at a value of $5 million, plus boats designed and built for the Panama Canal Authority canal expansion project, the Port of San Diego’s combined police and fire departments, and a mix of modern day boats and vessels of historical importance.
The open house also featured displays from the company’s major suppliers, including MetalCraft Marine’s local partners and companies from across Canada and the United States. Other displays showed how aluminum boats are designed and built, and offered information on MetlaCraft Marine’s new aluminum boatbuilding apprenticeship program; a program that the company says is a North American first.