Louisiana-based boat manufacturer Metal Shark Aluminum Boats has hired Carl Wegener as its Director of Commercial Sales, the company announced today.
Wegener brings a diversified background in engineering, strategic planning, and business development, with over 25 years of experience in the boat and shipbuilding industry. At Metal Shark, he will utilize this background and his extensive list of industry contacts to develop the company’s relationships with operators in the passenger ferry, fast crew, utility, entertainment and pilot boat markets.
Earlier this year, Metal Shark announced growth plans, including the acquisition of a 25-acre shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana and a commitment to expand its focus to include commercial interests in the shipbuilding sector. According to company executives, the Wegener’s hiring is an integral component of these plans.
Construction is wrapping up on a new 60,000 square foot production building at Metal Shark’s new shipyard. The company is preparing to transfer the assembly of several 50’, 55’ and 75’ pilot boats and dive support vessels from its facility in Jeanerette, Louisiana to the new yard in Franklin, which is expected to be operational by mid-month.