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Epic Kayaks is pleased to announce that Dave Kruger has joined its staff as Director of Technology and Manufacturing. Dave will be an invaluable asset to this company; his coming on board highlights an extraordinary 2008 season of progression for Epic, and will be the catalyst for an even more exciting 2009.
Kruger brings a lifetime of paddling experience with him to Epic. Growing up in Wisconsin as an avid canoe/kayak paddler and racer, he learned early on how to couple his passion for paddling with his attention to detail and construction knowledge, developing into one of the industry’s most influential and respected designers and manufacturing managers. His expertise and skills with high-tech materials and construction took him from boat building, to leadership roles with an Aerospace firm utilizing composite components for Boeing Aircraft; but his draw was always to canoes and kayaks.
Kruger earned his strong reputation in the paddlesports industry through key roles with Wenonah Canoe and Bell Canoe Works. At Wenonah/Current Designs Kruger was instrumental in key product designs and held supervisory roles in crucial aspects of the manufacturing process. His success with Wenonah led him to Bell Canoe, where some of his accomplishments include the establishment of a first rate manufacturing facility and making key improvements in quality and workmanship.
Epic Kayaks is thrilled to have Dave bring that expertise in production, manufacturing and design to its team. As Director of Technology and Manufacturing, Dave will manage production at the manufacturing facility, with the primary goal of enhancing quality and increasing the efficiency of the manufacturing process.