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Harken announces acquisition of longtime Dutch distributor on Deck B.V.

by Harken 8 Sep 22:57 PDT
Harken Fosters is on the move © Harken Fosters

Harken, Inc. acquired its longtime Dutch distributor On Deck B.V. on 4 September. The news of this acquisition brings together two of the most respected brands in the Dutch and international marine markets. It is part of Harken's efforts to grow its service levels and stay as close as possible to the customer in important strategic markets while continuing its strong growth trajectory. On Deck now operates as Harken's eighth foreign subsidiary focused on distribution and premier service to its customers.


"Robbert and Luuke Verboon have been great leaders of a special company that we've worked with since we started building hardware in the late 60s. Under their watch, we've seen Harken grow into a dominant position in the Dutch marine market--both in service and in hard-earned respect of our shared customers. We're great friends with the Verboons and are grateful for them entrusting their people to us. We won't let them down." -- Peter Harken, Chairman of the Board Harken, Inc.

Looking Back with Pride:

"I look back at the wonderful and exciting years working with the Harken team. We not only conquered the market together but made many new friends along the way. On Deck and Harken really belong together, so I am extremely proud that they are now bonded forever. -- Robbert Verboon, On Deck, B.V.

Harken's Bright Outlook:

"The Netherlands is a special market for Harken. It is a leading center for megayacht construction and has a healthy core market in both new boat construction and marine retail. Having a personal and local presence here is important for Harken's future. There is a bright opportunity for expansion of Harken's non-marine market with the help from On Deck's great team. I know the leadership of On Deck is in great hands with our newest Managing Director Dennis de Bruijn and his amazing team of 20. Our future is bright." -- Bill Goggins, CEO Harken Inc.

Building the Future Together:

"The acquisition is also good news for our customers," says Dennis de Bruijn. "This acquisition creates new growth opportunities. In addition to our current knowledge, expertise, and reliable logistics, we now also can make use of the knowledge and expertise of Harken's broad network. In this way we can serve our customers even better and together we continue to build on the national and international future!" -- Dennis de Bruijn, Managing Director On Deck BV

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