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North Kingstown, Rhode Island-Based Operation Will Be a Significant Asset to Northeast — and to the Local Community

STURGEON BAY, WI (November 30, 2015) – J. Goodison Company Inc. in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, has announced the purchase of a new Marine Travelift mobile boat hoist with a lifting capacity of 820 metric tons. The full-service marine operation is incorporating the 820-metric-ton unit into a major expansion project at its Quonset Point facility; once it’s delivered in spring 2016, the 820 C will be the largest lift in the Northeast.

Together, the expansion and new machine will allow J. Goodison, which is centrally located between the New England and New York markets, to provide a diversified lifting platform for vessels along the East Coast, allowing the company to attract a variety of new customers. Not only will the expanded shipyard continue to service vessels such as NOAA ships and U.S. Coast Guard cutters and icebreakers, the new 820 C and expanded facilities will ensure that J. Goodison provide a multitude of services to tugboats, barges, passenger ferries, dinner cruise ships, commercial fishing boats and more.

This is great news for the Northeast’s large workboat community, which will have an outstanding new resource between Maine and New York. It’s also going to prove to be a significant asset for existing customers — and for the local community.

“The new waterfront shipyard will allow us to service our customers better, more efficiently, and at more competitive prices with an expanded portfolio of services, over which we will have direct control,” said Jack Goodison, owner/partner of J. Goodison Company. “Our current customers will benefit from an expanded availability of services and capabilities at more competitive prices. Our ability to schedule and perform drydocking services on short notice will give all of our customers the flexibility to manage their maintenance and emergency repair needs more effectively.”

Moreover, J. Goodison’s new facility will create a demand for an additional 30 to 50 skilled-labor jobs, including welders, machinists, painters, UHP operators, electricians, fabricators and general laborers. The company has already begun hiring for 15 new positions.

“The expansion will have additional spillover benefits to the surrounding community in the form of added demand for services, materials and supplies,” Goodison noted. “And, it will create added synergies to the area’s long history and heritage of boatbuilding and shipyard repair. We expect our new shipyard to bring great benefits to our community and our region, and we believe it will be a tremendous asset to the Quonset Business Park, North Kingstown and the entire State of Rhode Island.”

This expansion project is a major milestone in the family-owned company’s 16-year history. Founded in 1999 by Jamie Goodison and his father, veteran U.S. Navy diver Jack Goodison, started with just the two employees, who focused on mobile painting and maintenance services. The company now has a full-time staff of 30, with a roster of 25 to 50 expert subcontractors who are brought in as needed. It also is a truly full-service marine operation, offering drydock repairs, dockside services, welding, UHP blasting and painting services, cleaning services, mechanical repairs, 24/7 emergency support, inspection services, and electrical/electronic repairs.

The company’s growth was impressive. In 2010, not only was Jack Goodison named the Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, J. Goodison moved to Quonset Point, home to one of New England’s premier business parks. There, it established its corporate headquarters and marine maintenance and repair facility; it deployed and supported its nationwide projects from this location.

Now, in 2015, J. Goodison finally has the accessible waterfront it needs to take its business to the next level. Once the expansion project is complete, the yard will be a one-stop shop for all necessary maintenance and repair services.

“For the last 16 years, we’ve been growing and developing, and we successfully transitioned from a marine services labor painting company to a full-service ship repair organization,” Goodison said. “But our capacity to grow has been limited by the fact that all drydock work had to be subcontracted out to other shipyards. We’re going to finally overcome that hurdle next year, when we open our own shipyard at the new waterfront facility. Our continued growth and success is directly linked to that facility.”

The new Marine Travelift 820 C mobile boat hoist is vital to the expanded J. Goodison facility. It will have the widest and tallest mobile boat hoist for servicing workboats, with an inside clear width of 58 feet (17.68 meters) and an inside clear height of 60 feet (18.30 meters).

And, the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin-based manufacturer will remain an important partner as the business moves forward. Goodison said this partnership makes sense for his company on more than one level.

“First of all, the machine is American made,” he explained. “Partnering with an American mobile boat hoist manufacturer allows us to provide our customers with a quality-built machine, ensuring that all vessels are handled with the utmost care.”

He also observed that Marine Travelift’s service and engineering support are second to none.

“Marine Travelift has a solid brand reputation and prestige, and we value their extended warranty and 24/7 engineering support,” he said. “Plus, they provide solid, heavy-duty construction. They make the heaviest-built machine out there.”

To learn more about J. Goodison Company Inc., visit

For more information about Marine Travelift and its full range of mobile boat hoists and transporters, call (920) 743-6202, e-mail the sales team at or visit

The world’s first mobile boat hoist was conceptualized and manufactured in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in 1945. Officially established in 1954, Marine Travelift Inc. has a long-standing reputation as a marine industry leader and is recognized for its tradition of excellence on a global scale. The company manufactures mobile boat hoists, marine forklifts, self-propelled transporters and other related marine lifting products. It also has an extensive U.S. and international dealer network, with more than 3,500 units in service worldwide.



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