As recently reported in the South Florida Business Journal, Miami-based Uniesse Marine Group LLC has acquired assets of luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Uniesse Marine S.P.A. of Italy.
While full details of the transaction were not disclosed, investor David Schwedel and Rafael Barca, the pair who will lead the newly combined company, say it will be based in Miami, with all manufacturing done in Italy, and that they plan to “redesign the entire line of Uniesse motor yachts.”
In a company press release announcing the merger, Schwedel said, “Uniesse is known throughout the world as a preeminent semi-custom luxury motor yacht brand. We are excited to present a newly designed line of luxury motor yachts from 49’ – 115’.”
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Schwedel went on to say, “We have streamlined operations, consolidated the manufacturing process, and are implementing technology applications which will dramatically enhance the owner/operator experience. Customer service will be completely revamped as our top priority going forward.”
Both Barca and Schwedel have hands-on experience with Uniesse for more than 15 years, and more than 75 years of combined experience in the marine industry. Rafael Barca originally introduced the Uniesse line to the United States in 1994, and was responsible for delivering more than 200 Uniesse motor yachts during that time.
“I only know of perhaps one or two other brands that can compare to Uniesse in terms of craftsmanship and quality,” said Mr. Barca, President for Uniesse Marine Group, LLC. “Uniesse will continue to be designed in America, and manufactured in Italy under our direction.”
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According to the South Florida Business Journal, the acquisition increases the reach of Southeast Florida’s $11.5 billion recreational boating industry. This news comes on the heels of other big announcements so far this year, which will positively impact the boating economy in our area, such as the acquisition of Show Management, the producers of the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, and the Lauderdale Marine Center being named a Foreign Trade Zone.
Currently, according to a study by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, the recreational boating industry represents about 130,000 jobs and $4 billion in wages, to the South Florida economy.
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