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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Laborde Products News

Fiat Powertrain Expands Laborde Distribution

Fiat Powertrain Technologies of North America, Inc., (FPT NA), has expanded Louisiana-based distributor Laborde Products Inc.’s distribution territory to include Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico in addition to their current territory, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. Laborde Products supplies FPT marine, power generation and industrial engines. FPT industrial engines are fitted with mechanical and electronic injection systems, and meet current and some future emissions standards. Laborde Products distribute FPT NA, Mitsubishi, Yanmar and Hatz diesel engines and also package their own diesel powered equipment under Diesel America.  (www.labordeproducts.com)

Fiat Powertrain Expands Laborde Distribution

Fiat Powertrain Technologies of North America, Inc., (FPT NA), has expanded Louisiana-based distributor Laborde Products Inc.’s distribution territory to include Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico in addition to their current territory, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. Laborde Products supplies FPT marine, power generation and industrial engines. FPT industrial engines are fitted with mechanical and electronic injection systems, and meet current and some future emissions standards. Laborde Products distribute FPT NA, Mitsubishi, Yanmar and Hatz diesel engines and also package their own diesel powered equipment under Diesel America.  (www.labordeproducts.com)

Laborde Expands Sales & Service Network

Laborde Products added National Maintenance and Repair as a service and sales dealer. It supports the river and rail industries with facilities in Hartford, Illinois; Paducah, Kentucky; and Harahan, Louisiana. National Maintenance and Repair will provide sales and support for Laborde Products' Mitsubishi marine propulsion engines in all three locations. It will also provide sales and service for Laborde's packaged product division, Diesel America. Offering a wide range of diesel-powered equipment, including pumps, generators, pressure washers, barge pumps and other special diesel equipment, the line is powered with FPT (Fiat Powertrain Technologies), Yanmar, Mitsubishi and other quality products distributed by Laborde.

Laborde, Diesel Power Equipment Team Up

Laborde Products teams up with Diesel Power Equipment, LLC, a sister company to Diesel Propulsion Company, a longtime Laborde marine dealer.  Diesel Power Equipment, LLC will support Diesel America, Mitsubishi and Yanmar products in industrial applications in the Southwest. Diesel Power Equipment is locally owned and has over 30 years experience in the industrial diesel engine field.  The company provides diesel engine repairs and preventative maintenance, supplies spare parts and offers on-site service and warranties on their sold products. (www.labordeproducts.com)

Laborde wins Bukh Distribution Deal

Enclosed lifeboat Photo Laborde Products

Laborde Products has been selected as BUKH Diesel Marine Distributor for the United States marine market. "Our companies have tremendous synergies," stated Soren Pederson, BUKH sales manager. "The BUKH engine line really complements our growing position in the marine market, and provides much needed domestic support for the US cruise ship industry with the large population of BUKH SOLAS engines used in lifeboats and fast rescue craft”, said Chris Cerullo, Laborde Products marine manager.

Laborde Chosen as Vapor Power Distributor

Photo: Laborde Products

Laborde Products was selected as Vapor Power International Marine Distributor for the North American marine markets. The announcement was made at the 2013 International WorkBoat Show. "The Vapor Power heaters really complement our growing position in the inland tank barge industry," said Doug Oehrlein, Laborde Products' VP sales & marketing. "The Mitsubishi powered mechanical tank barge power units and the Vapor Power heaters are the right product for our heater barge customers," said Oehrlein. Chris Cerullo, Laborde's marine manager.

MN100: Laborde Products

Laborde Products is an engine distribution company focused on the commercial markets along the gulf coast and inland river systems. Laborde represents Mitsubishi, Yanmar and Steyr commercial marine engines. Laborde is also preparing to launch the OXE Diesel Outboard engine throughout the Gulf Coast. They also represent several commercial industrial engines including FPT, Yanmar, Mitsubishi, Hatz and PSI. Laborde provides support out of its locations in Covington, LA and Houston, TX and through a comprehensive service network. Laborde has 45 employees.

New Push Boat Delivered to Devall Towing

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The newly built M/V Jackson Scott has been delivered to owner Devall Towing and Boat Service of Hackberry, La. The Jackson Scott is a 64’ X 27’ inland push boat, powered by two fully mechanical, EPA Tier 3 engines rated 630HP @ 1,600RPM. The engines are coupled to Twin Disc MG 5222 transmissions turning four-blade 70” X 56” propellers. The M/V Jackson Scott follows four previous Devall Towboats with the same propulsion package from Laborde Products. Earlier vessels included the M/V Tug Devall, M/V Cooper Devall, M/V Aidan Devall and M/V Finili Ryanne.

Equipment:Yanmar Makes Mark in Military Duty

Laborde Products of Covington, La., is applying the Yanmar short stroke diesel technology to the military and light duty commercial markets. The short stroke technology allows Yanmar to provide higher rpms, which provides benefits to both water jet applications, IO applications as well as standard inboard installations. The short stoke provides the higher rpms without significantly increasing piston speed. Doug Oehrlein, Laborde Products COO, said that these benefits are being applied in a number of application. The U.S. Navy Seals, working with United States Marine, Inc, have selected Yanmar 6LY2-STP to be used in their new SOCR Riverene Craft. United States Marine, Inc., SOCR Riverene Craft powered with Yanmar 6LY2-STP supplied by Laborde Products.

US Tank Barge Regs Loom, Laborde Presses Mitsubishi’s 'Mechanical Advantage'

Owners of tank barges eye November 15, 2015 with trepidation, as by then they must ensure that tank barge power units meet USCG Class 1, Division 1 requirements for non-sparking machinery in a hazardous environment. Laborde Products – with the “mechanical advantage of the Mitsubishi” – claims to have the solution. Covington, La.-based Laborde Products is not your standard diesel engine distributor. While Laborde Products was founded in 1998 by Tracy Laborde, the Laborde family has been heavily involved in the marine industry since 1954…

Laborde Celebrates 16 Years of Business

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Laborde Products of Covington, Louisiana, observes sixteen years in business in 2014. During this time, the company has expanded both its product line and staff, as well as its reach throughout much of the Gulf Coast area. Growth has brought changes to Laborde's staff. Stepping down as president, Tracey Laborde remains company CEO. Brian Laborde now fills the role of president, with Doug Oehrlein as VP of sales and marketing. More diesel technicians and a new service manager augment the company's dedicated service department.

Tradewinds Towing Returns to Laborde for Repowers

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In September of 2006, Dominique Smith of the then one tug company Tradewinds Towing came to Laborde Products, to look at the S12R engine for the repower of the Miss Lis, an Alaskan built low profile tug he planned on repowering. Later that same month, the deal was made, and shortly thereafter, the Miss Lis set sail with new Mitsubishi engines and Reintjes transmissions supplied by Laborde Products. Since then, the engines have logged over 30,000 hours travelling throughout North, Central and South America.

Laborde Opens New Texas Division

Building on its mission statement, "The Right Product, The Right Service, The Right Support", Laborde Products, Inc., headquartered in Covington, Louisiana, is opening a new division, Laborde Equipment Services (LES) in San Antonio, Texas. This new facility will provide service to the rapidly expanding San Antonio metro area and the exploding oil and gas Eagle Ford Shale market. LES will provide fast, on-time service for all makes of diesel and gas engines and engine driven equipment, as well as hydraulic and electrical service. They will also stock and provide parts for a broad range of support. Laborde said it has employed highly qualified and experienced technicians to meet the 24/7 demands.

Laborde Diesel Generators Help Power Energy Giant

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Effective wastewater treatment and liquids processing is essential to energy production, pipeline and refining operations, both offshore and onshore. To help ensure efficient, reliable power for its fleet of equipment, the Water Treatment Services division of Greene's Energy Group recently chose custom generators packaged and installed by Laborde Products. Laborde customized four new 40 kW diesel generators for placement in SEPCo-certified, galvanized crash cages for Houston-based Greene's Energy Group…

Laborde Provides Navy With Yanmar Training

Laborde Products, Inc., provided a two-day class to enable U.S. Navy's Special Boat Teams to maintain and repair the engines that power the Special Operations Craft—Riverine (SOC-R). Certified Yanmar Technician Randy Saacks and other Laborde engine professionals demonstrated disassembly, assembly and trouble-shooting. "This training ensures that the members of the Navy's Special Boat Teams have the skills required to get the job done no matter where they're deployed and regardless of what problems they may encounter," said Laborde COO Doug Oehrlein.

Laborde Builds up Industrial Sales Team

Helping round out its industrial salesforce, Laborde Products welcomes two new salesmen. Cody Dean will handle industrial engine and equipment sales in southern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, while Chris Wright will respond to the needs of northern Louisiana and northern Mississippi. Dean previously served as territorial manager at Woolf-Harris. He will provide customers with the information needed to select the best diesel engine for on/offshore operations, standby and backup generators and all diesel industrial engines for land or permanent applications.

Laborde Now a Steyr Motors Distributor

Left to right: Blake Nagim, Rick Granger and Jesse Cuevas participating in the Steyr Motors training session

To help increase business and provide even better service for its customers, Laborde Products has been chosen as a Steyr Motors distributor. The company will offer sales, service and support throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Laborde will also offer dealer support along the Eastern seaboard of Mexico, from the Texas border to Cancun. Steyr Motors M1 Monoblock engines are known for the lowest weight in class at less than 1.2 kg/hp and the highest power density, up to 92 hp/ltr.

Laborde Enters Marine Engine Agreement

Laborde Products, Inc. of Covington, La. has entered into a Marine Engine Distribution Agreement with Mitsubishi Engine North America, Inc. This agreement includes the full range of MHI large bore marine engines as well as MMC Diesel Engines for generator packages and barge pump power packages. Although Mitsubishi offers a full range of marine propulsion engines with horsepower up to 1,500, Laborde will begin its effort with the Mitsubishi model S6A3-MPTA, rated at 483 hp @ 1,840 rpm. This heavy-duty 18.56-liter diesel engine was selected because it meets a wide range of potential re-power applications within the inland towing industry.

Laborde Holds Open House at New Facility

Image: Laborde Equipment Services

To celebrate its new location in San Antonio, Texas, Laborde Equipment Services (LES) opened its doors to customers and associates at an open house. The facility was overflowing as the company welcomed over 125 guests at the event. Participants were given a facility tour, while also learning more about LES and its extensive line of products and services available to the South Texas market. Laborde's senior staff, including Tracy Laborde, Brian Laborde, Doug Oehrlein, Joe Manning, Jr., Trace Laborde, and Marc Laborde, was also on hand to welcome customers.

Third Mitsubishi Installation Powers LA Carriers

M/V Karen Koby, was fitted with twin ABS-certified S12R-Y2MPTK Mitsubishi engines

Deep in the Louisiana Cajun Country, LA Carriers was founded in 1986 as a small barge management firm. Now shipping in excess of 275,000 net tons of cargo annually, LA Carriers chooses Laborde Products to supply powerful Mitsubishi engines. The third such installation for LA Carriers, it allows the company to fulfill its promise of just-in-time delivery. A recently built 98' tug, M/V Karen Koby, was fitted with twin ABS-certified S12R-Y2MPTK Mitsubishi engines rated 1,260 hp at 1,600 rpm, as well as 50kW FPT generators.

Mitsubishi Engines for Chem Carrier

Chem Carriers, the Sunshine, Louisiana-based cargo carrier, once again chose Mitsubishi engines for its new M/V Dorella Banta. The 70 ft x 28 ft x 10 ft, 131-ton towboat was built by Rodriguez Boat Builders. The twin engines, supplied by Laborde, are Mitsubishi S12A2 series rated at 850 hp at 1,940 rpm. The 12-cylinder, 34-liter engines are EPA compliant. The vessel is equipped with 7:1 reduction gears, allowing the engines to turn 75 inch x 73 inch four-blade stainless steel propellers in a 76 inch Type 19A Kort Nozzel.

LaBorde Launches New Compact Power Unit

The new C1-D1 Power Unit, while retaining the marine propulsion, is a more compact, all-mechanical Mitsubishi S6B3 engine that delivers the time reducing 429 bhp.

With many experiencing significantly reduced pump off times with Laborde Products' Barge Power Units and after success with the previous version of its C1-D1 Power Unit, the company introduces a new and improved version. The new C1-D1 Power Unit, while retaining the marine propulsion, is a more compact, all-mechanical Mitsubishi S6B3 engine that delivers the time reducing 429 bhp. "This new unit is the result of Laborde listening and responding to the customer's wants and needs," said Thomas Cash, Laborde Products head of engineering.

Laborde Draws Repeat Customer

Vidalia Dock

Carla Jenkins of Vidalia, Louisiana, proudly carries on a family tradition of business on the waterways. Owner and operator of Vidalia Dock and Storage, a company started by her father in 1956, Jenkins relies on engine distributor Laborde Products to keep her fleet running reliably. Jenkins first became a Laborde customer last year, when she repowered her main work vessel, Vidalia Dock, with twin 1,260 hp Mitsubishi diesels. Vidalia Dock is a 93', 321 GT workhorse, hauling barges full of coal and crushed limestone on the Ouachita, Atchafalaya and Red Rivers up to 300 miles from home base.

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