Machias firm takes on marine business

Posted April 04, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.
Last modified April 04, 2011, at 7:39 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Instead of closing a major retail business in Machias and putting three people out of work, David Whitney announced Monday that he will keep Whitney’s Tool Shed open and augment the downtown business with Tri-Town Marine.

Formerly located for 40 years in Harrington, Tri-Town Marine is a vital coastal business for area fishermen. Whitney purchased the marine sales and service business after several months of negotiation and has already hired three trained technicians. He is currently interviewing for an office manager.

“This is a really exciting deal,” Whitney said Monday. “It is good for Washington County and Machias, specifically. The more good retail you have downtown, the more reasons people will have to come downtown.”

As a result of the acquisition, Tri-Town Marine will become Whitney’s Tri-Town Marine and share a building with Whitney’s Tool Shed.

Veteran Honda technicians Ross Davis and Nick Davis, under direction of their uncle, Patrick Davis, Tri-Town’s former owner, will now be working at the Machias business.

“We have adopted the phrase ‘Same great service, only closer to you.’ This will bring service and sales much closer to the fishermen in Cutler and Bucks Harbor,” Whitney said.

Earlier this year, Whitney announced that he was looking for a buyer for Whitney’s Tool Shed, an equipment rental business he opened in 1999. Not wanting to close the business that had filled such a great need in the area, Whitney considered another solution.

“We began to think about expansion as an option instead,” he said. “The timing of Pat’s wish to sell, together with our desire to expand, made this a perfect match.”

Tri-Town Marine has served Down East fishermen and boaters since 1976. Tri-Town sells Honda motors and services all others, and also offers new and used boats for sale.

“I’m thrilled to bring my years of experience to work for Whitney’s Tri-Town Marine to help with the transition,” said Patrick Davis. “Customers will continue to receive the same great service, but now in a location that more centrally serves the people of Washington County. I believe this will be a true win for all involved.”

The move has already begun, Whitney said, as well as renovations to an existing building on the Tool Shed property to serve as a service center. Whitney said he also has purchased a service truck to provide on-site marine service and repairs.

Whitney said Patrick Davis will stay on in a part-time position to train the new manager until fall.

For more information on Whitney’s Tool Shed or Whitney’s Tri-Town Marine, visit www.whitneystoolshed.com.

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