Lippert acquires boat and marine furniture manufacturer, Smoker Craft Inc.

7 December 2018
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Lippert Components Manufacturing, Inc. (“LCI”), the global supplier of components for manufacturers of leisure vehicles and mobile transportation, has acquired Smoker Craft Inc., a leading pontoon, aluminum fishing, and fiberglass boat manufacturer located in New Paris, Indiana, USA.

The purchase price was $28.0 million. Additionally, the parties entered into a long-term supply agreement as part of the transaction.

“We are thankful to our partners at Smoker Craft for entrusting us with their furniture operations,” said Ryan Smith, Senior VP of Sales & Operations for LCI.

“Over the last four years, LCI has become one of the leading suppliers of marine furniture to the industry. We’ve grown to the size we have because of the foundation of trust we’ve built with our marine customer base, along with the steady flow of innovation that we’re pouring into the industry. I’m excited to add the Smoker Craft product to our seating catalog and I assure all of Smoker Craft’s customers that they are in good hands with LCI,” said Ryan smith.

Doug Smoker, President and CEO of Smoker Craft, Inc. said: “Today is an exciting day for Smoker Craft, Inc. As part of our long range growth strategy, we are announcing the sale of our furniture division to Lippert Components. We feel very comfortable with the Lippert team and believe the cultures at Lippert and Smoker Craft are an ideal fit. In the future this move will free up manufacturing space, giving us the ability to concentrate on building boats. We are excited about this relationship, as well as the team concept and core values Lippert brings to our business.”

Jason Lippert, LCI CEO said: “We are excited to add Smoker Craft’s furniture manufacturing business to the LCI family. This is very similar to the furniture manufacturing operation that we purchased from Godfrey Marine in 2016, and that transition went extremely well. This will be our fourth marine furniture acquisition in the last four years and as we continue to grow in the marine space, more opportunities continue to present themselves. This line of business has grown so significantly that earlier this year we opened a 700,000-square-foot facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana to serve our marine customers. We anticipate that the Smoker Craft furniture manufacturing business will remain in New Paris while we transition the operation into the LCI family. I have the utmost confidence in Ryan Smith and his teams to ensure that there is a smooth manufacturing transition with Smoker Craft. We expect this acquisition to be immediately accretive to LCI’s earnings.”