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Custom Molding Firm Nets Awards with Innovative Fishing Boat Hull
Earns "Product of the Year" and "Best Large Part" Awards at Rotomolding Competition
ASHTABULA, Ohio--The plastics design and manufacturing company Meese (formerly MODRoto), of Madison, Ind., recently earned the "Product of the Year" and "Best Large Part" awards in the Association of Rotational Molders International Rotomolded Products Competition. Presented at Rotoplas 2008, the international rotational molding exhibition held last October in Rosemont, Ill., the awards recognize outstanding product design and manufacturing with rotomolding. Meese Orbitron Dunne won the awards for a fishing boat hull that is controlled by foot pedals, may be rotated in 360 degree circles, and sports two motors set within the hull to thrive in shallow waters that were previously inaccessible to motorized fishing boats.
The awards are the result of a joint development project with NOVA Chemicals (Moon Township, Pa.) and Midwest Patterns (Quincy, Ill.), for Carolina Electric Boats' novel Twin Troller X10 electric powered boat. The award-winning hull is rotationally molded in one piece from polyethylene (NOVA Chemicals SUPRASS®) measuring 10 feet in length and four feet in width, yet it weighs in at a mere 175 lbs. to permit easy loading in a pickup truck bed and comfortable towing by nearly any size vehicle. To meet demanding specifications for high strength, stiffness, and buoyancy, MOD engineers devised an in-mold foaming approach that integrates several inches of foam within the hull, conferring stability for two large adults. The hull was custom molded with recessed grooves for installing the foot pedals, a compartment to secure the battery, and recessed channels to permit fishing rods to be set down with the reels securely inside the boat. Another feature is a molded-in fish ruler to measure and document the size of the catch.
For more information, visit www.Rotomolding.com or contact Tom Cooper, 4920 State Road, Ashtabula, OH, 44004; 1.800.772.7659; Fax: 440.992.4667; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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