A Letter From The President of Coastal Hydraulics
As we embark on a new year I wanted to share an update on what has been taking place at Coastal Hydraulics.
2017 was extraordinary as we experienced several months of record revenue, completion of a number of sizable marine industry projects, expansion of our geographic reach, and a series of staff additions.
With the introduction of HVOF industrial coating capabilities two years ago and recent ramp-up in the volume of customers served, we are implementing a more sophisticated work order scheduling software system to speed the pace of operations and better ensure repair completions within our customers’ turnaround expectations.
Further, increased work order volumes required that we grow our staff, and thus we were pleased to welcome several new members to the team:
Our account and project management group expanded with the addition of Scott Raynor, Account Executive. Scott’s prior experience includes more than fifteen years of hydraulic component and repair sales, and his primary geographic responsibilities for Coastal Hydraulics are for the Pee Dee region of South Carolina as well as Eastern North Carolina and beyond.
We also named a new Senior Hydraulics Mechanic, Les Aubrey. Les has logged nearly twenty years of experience in hydraulic repair, service, maintenance, and parts sourcing. He comes to us from Western Pennsylvania.
Daniel Campbell, Hydraulics Mechanic, joined the Coastal Hydraulics organization in the Fall of 2017. He is a certified welder and hydraulics mechanic who has many years of experience serving steel mills, offshore oil rigs, shipyards and other demanding industry segments. He joins us from South Alabama.
Howie Newman came to Coastal Hydraulics recently as a part-time pick-up and delivery specialist. After starting his career in the United States Navy, Howie went on to successfully serve in a series of management positions, including roles with the Boeing Company.
Curtis Dickens, Technical Services Manager, is our most recent addition. He is tasked with supporting our customers and Account Executives with complex troubleshooting, hydraulic and pneumatic systems design, and the proper application of HVOF industrial coatings. Prior to joining Coastal Hydraulics, Curtis devoted twenty years toward managing the maintenance of C-17, C-130, C-5A/B and C-141B aircraft for the United States Air Force.
Michael Brown, Coastal Hydraulics’ Operations Manager, recently celebrated 17 years of service. His dedication was rewarded not long ago with an expanded role to include oversight for all work orders and shop management. Further, Michael has been instrumental in the development of our new scheduling system. He’s exceptionally customer-focused and will continue to be pivotal to our success.
The changes that have taken place and those which are being planned for Coastal Hydraulics are certain to improve our business processes, workflows, and most importantly our customers’ experiences. We look forward to a prosperous 2018 and sincerely appreciate the confidence our customers and business partners place in us.
J. Brett Bennett
2251 Technical Parkway
Charleston, SC 29406