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Business Observer Wednesday, Jul. 1, 2020 2 years ago

Manufacturer names new director of engineering and design

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Michael Hartline is a naval architect with over 30 years of experience.

SARASOTA — Teakdecking Systems has grown its engineering and design capabilities by hiring a new director of engineering and design, Michael Hartline.

Hartline is a naval architect with over 30 years of experience who has held leadership roles along the East and West coasts of the U.S., according to a press release. 

He has held key positions with Cabo Yachts as director of operations at the Adelanto, Ca., operation and director of operations at the New Bern, N.C., operation. He was also program manager for Hatteras Yachts and senior naval architect for Brunswick Boat Group. His most recent role was director of engineering for Ocean Alexander yachts. In that position, he was responsible for all production engineering and new product development, initiating and maintaining a new ECR program, creating new standards and processes for engineering and products, and developing a company standard print list and control program.

“Michael is skilled at designing and leading new product development teams to meet high customer expectations,” says Richard Strauss, president of Teakdecking Systems, in the statement. “His strength is in designing and leading product development teams to meet challenging expectations. We welcome the expertise and structure he can bring as he drives continuous improvement in all key areas of manufacturing.”

Teakdecking Systems, founded in 1983, is a supplier of teak decking systems. The company also distributes composite decking. Products also include repair and maintenance products, such as caulk, epoxy, cleaners and adhesives available through national and global distributors.

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