MN100: Omnithruster, Inc.

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September 1, 2016

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The Company:

Omnithruster’s line of waterjet bow thrusters are optimized for shallow draft operation. The Omnithruster 400HP thruster operates at a draft of less than 2 feet – something no other in-hull thruster can boast. An OmniThruster bow thruster produces thrust continually with nozzles in or out of the water; in rough seas, strong currents, while pitching, yawing, rolling, or heaving. An OmniThruster can even produce thrust while the vessel is underway at several knots, a condition in which conventional propeller tunnel thrusters are subject to cavitation and do not effectively produce thrust, if at all. The firm has five employees and annual sales of $1.2 million.
The Company:
For over 30 years, OmniThruster has been a world leader in the development of waterjet bow thrusters and maneuvering systems. The unique, patented designs, which provide diverse maneuverability and auxiliary propulsion, have been the installation choice on vessels worldwide. The Omnithruster line of waterjet bow and stern thruster extends from 200 to 2,200 HP. 
2201 Pinnacle Parkway
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Tel: (330) 963-6310
CEO/President: Kurt Widmer
(As published in the August 2016 MN100 edition of Marine News)
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