Sea Jay Logs Up 25 Year Milestone
National boat manufacturer, Sea Jay Aluminium Boats, is set to celebrate a landmark year. Col and Janelle Glass founded their company in 1989, so 25 years later in 2014 it’s time to commemorate this outstanding achievement.
Boating has always been a major aspect of Col and Janelle’s life. They have both enjoyed varied activities on the water, ranging from barra fishing, recreational fishing and water ski racing.
Establishing a business to manufacture aluminium boats seemed a natural progression for Col and Janelle, but they never thought for a second that Sea Jay would grow to be a national brand.
“When you start a business you can never think too far ahead as the day to day issues of running the business are dominant,” Col Glass said. “But we always knew that we were in the boat manufacturing business for the long haul and now we find ourselves celebrating a 25 year anniversary.”
Sea Jay is the archetypal family business. Husband and wife, Col and Janelle Glass, continue work in their business on a daily basis. Their son Troy joined them as an employee of the company in 1999. He has since completed his apprenticeship within the industry and taken on the R & D role in 2010, while also becoming a part owner of the family business.
Sea Jay Aluminium Boats are proudly manufactured in Bundaberg, a thriving regional centre north of Brisbane. The factory has expanded several times over the past 25 years to the extent that the site now occupies 7,000m². On the one site, Sea Jay manufactures a complete line of pressed aluminium boats plus a big range of Xtreme plate alloy boats.
“Today we look at the Sea Jay brand and feel justifiably proud of our achievements,” said Janelle Glass.
“There are thousands of families boating in Sea Jay aluminium boats that we have built at Bundaberg. It’s always a good feeling to see a Sea Jay out on the waterways.”
To celebrate their milestone 25 years of manufacturing Sea Jay Aluminium Boats, the company will be busy releasing several new models and applying a special Sea Jay 25 year decal to each boat which rolls off the production line. The new Sea Jay 4.25m and 4.85m Avenger plus the 6.8 Glass Screen Hardtop Model will be released at the Brisbane Tackle and Tinnie Show.
Col Glass attributes the success of the Sea Jay brand to quality of product and the integrity of the business.
“Only the highest quality marine grade aluminium and components are used in our Sea Jay boats,” Col Glass said. “We’re very particular about the strength of our hulls and also the finish of each and every boat that we build.”
“In our business dealings we interact with our dealers and customers just as we would like to be treated. By respecting our customers we have built a strong, viable business which has endured the both the great times and the tough times alike.”
“That’s good for us and also our customers.”