Integrity Machining, makers of Kolstrand-branded marine deck equipment, has expanded its product line by acquiring the assets of J.K. Fabrication, putting the two Washington state-based marine deck equipment manufacturers under one roof.

A little over a year ago, Integrity Machining moved from its 5,000-square-foot shop in Seattle’s port neighborhood of Ballard. Forty-five minutes north on the freeway, the company also secured an ample 15,000-square-foot shop with an extra 15,000-square-foot yard in Marysville.

Brad Tibbs, the sales engineer for Integrity Machining, said the addition of J.K. Fabrication should boost production capacity considerably. Two J.K. fabricators who will be joining the crew in Marysville bring with them nearly 50 years of experience in the marine industry.

“There’s a wealth of knowledge that comes with those two employees, along with a lot of great relationships and customers,” Tibbs said.

In addition, J.K. Fabrication founder Jim Kreider has joined the Integrity Machining team.

“The J.K. phone number has been routed to our office and Jim (Kreider) will be answering questions and serving the same customers that he has been serving for the last 20 years,” Tibbs said.

Adding Nordic haulers and deck winches and other J.K. Fabrication products to its lineup, Integrity Machining has assembled “the broadest product line in the marine deck equipment industry,” Kreider said.

Tibbs added the company will provide around 250 products and more capacity to adjust to customers’ specific needs.

“Not only do we have our standard products but we also do a lot of customization to really make sure that equipment is exactly what they need.”  Tibbs said.

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Brian Hagenbuch is National Fisherman's products editor, a contributing editor to SeafoodSource and a Bristol Bay fisherman. He is based in Seattle.

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