By Kelly Granger
What is a Nomar Bumper? I found myself asking that same question about two years ago.
We had just purchased a marina. The gentleman who brokered the marina deal came to me during our first summer. He explained that he represents a company that manufactures a system to help with the efficiencies of the fuel dock. I was curious as to what they were and how the application worked. We agreed to bring in a few to look at and he gave me three as a gift. (A salesman ploy to get you hooked!)
We have 140 feet of fuel dock, so three was a big tease. I placed them on the dock for a week. The pump I installed them on was handling flow of traffic nicely. Remember the hook! Okay, here it comes, that tug and set. I soon reached out to him to equip our entire 140 feet. Now here is where the big fish gets dangled; he casually let me know that the business is for sale, with a few tidbits of info on cost, margin, etc.
By now, Ken we will call him that for the sake of things, has a fairly good understanding of me. I tend to project when my interest is peaked. Ken starts talking about patents, P & L statements and assets, which was all good. In my mind I was already thinking of the next type of bumper and additional products we could manufacture. A couple months go by and boom, now we own a bumper business.
Looking back a bit, to those tidbits; the one that hit me the most was that the original owner worked three days a week, three hours a day, and made surprisingly good money doing so. I am thinking winter project, right? The marina is slow (ya right!!!). The original owners had advertised in a couple of magazines, along with doing the Seattle Boat Show. I knew with a little more energy things would increase dramatically.
So, what is a Nomar Bumper System? A patented design, 100% American made, dock bumper system that stands up to the harshest conditions. NO Marring; NOMAR. The unique fabric is UV protected. That is the corporate terminology behind this product, the nuts and bolts. We are a small, family-owned company that takes pride in what we do. We are excited each time the phone rings. I enjoy designing new products that make your boating adventure enjoyable. We are still small enough to take the time to get to know our customers.
So, a NOMAR Bumper System allows you to come home, layup to your slip without messing with fenders. You set your lines and go home. We have become so much more then that know. Please take a minute and look at our website, www.grangermarine.com. You can find it all there to suit your boating needs. If not call us at 253-315-1629 and we might be able to build it for you. I look forward to hearing from you. Imagine NOT having to hassle with your fenders, every time you leave or come home.
Kelly & Cindy Granger