The south Florida east coast regional marine industry is spread thin on the supply side of providing marine construction professionals. In fact, the entirety of Florida is seeing a steep demand in the marine construction industry. The increase in demand is attributed to recent storm activity coupled with deferred maintenance during the recent recession. The economic recovery is spurring activity.
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Capt Sweet has assessed the need for specialized equipment and marine construction professionals. He has pulled together a crew of seasoned professionals from his decades on the water. Efficient, economic equipment and operators are being harnessed and deployed.
Southwood Marine was formed as a specific vehicle to operate in this space. Specialized, efficient equipment is being assembled while potential projects line up. Southwood Marine has aligned itself with established maritime professionals who have a history of success.
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Johnny Sides of Sides Seeding approached our sister company, SBB Design, for assistance with an idea he had for a better machine for his industry.
Sides Seeding spreads thousands of tons of grass seed, fertilizer, and organic materials for turf generation and maintenance. They had a reoccurring bottleneck in their operations. Each material needed to be spread separately, as no spreader on the market could adapt to the different materials.
Together, we developed a specialized machine that would not only spread any material; it would mix very different materials and spread them in one pass. Sides Seeding ran the prototype and it quickly became a game changer for their operations. Rather than hauling around several pieces of equipment, as was the case previously, with the Sides Spread-All Spreader only one machine would be needed to be brought to a customer site. Once on site, only one pass with the new spreader was required to seed a plot of land, as opposed to several passes required with other machines.
Recognizing the potential, we assisted Sides Seeding in creating an offshoot company, Sides Spreader and Equipment Co. The company is now fully commercializing the spreader and is growing in new markets.
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