Charles Industries Taps River Forest Yachting Center's Boat Storage Experts to Develop New Line of Premium Boat Storage Stands

RFYC Press Release 
October 4, 2010

Charles Industries Taps River Forest Yachting Center's Boat Storage Experts to Develop New Line of Premium Boat Storage Stands

standsCharles Industries, a leading U.S. manufacturer of marine equipment, has partnered with RFYC to design, manufacture and distribute a new line of rugged boat stands for safe, secure storage of power and sail boats. Boat storage experts at RFYC were instrumental in helping design these stands to set a new standard in ease-of-use, performance and reliability in a boat stand offering. Both keel and side stands have been introduced to meet the needs of demanding yacht service and storage facilities.
Made in the U.S. at Charles Industries' Marshall, Illinois marine manufacturing facility, these boat stands areconstructed from high-grade welded steel with a dark green, powder coated finish to minimize corrosion and rusting. A wing nut design on a solid steel threaded rod allows tops to be raised or lowered quickly and easily. Side stands are stackable, and storage racks are available for both keel and side stands.
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NMRA Awards Joe Charles with 2009 Mel Barr Award

National Marine Representatives Association County Press Release 
October 22, 2009

NMRA Awards Joe Charles with 2009 Mel Barr Award

nmraDuring the recent International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Industry Breakfast, the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) honored Joe Charles, president of Charles Industries and owner of River Forest Yachting Centers, with the Mel Barr Award. NMRA president Jeff Gueterman and Matt Gruhn, Boating Industry magazine editor-in-chief, made the presentation. 
Created in the memory of Mel Barr, an independent marine rep, one of the founders of NMRA and its first president, this award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the industry. Through his business ventures and charity work, Joe Charles is dedicated to making the world a better place. 
Deeply involved in the marine industry, Charles serves on the Foundation Board of the American Boat and Yacht Council. He has given his time and an accessible sailboat to the inspirational Shake-A-Leg Miami Watersports Community Center, as well as raised funds for Broward Community College's Marine Technology Center of Excellence. 
Founded in 1960, NMRA is a national organization serving independent marine representatives and manufacturers who sell through representatives. This professional association functions as an industry voice, promoting networking and the benefits of utilizing reps for sales.

RFYC LaBelle Welcomes John Helfrich to Team

RFYC Press Release 
May 5, 2009 

RFYC LaBelle Welcomes John Helfrich to Team 

johnRiver Forest Yachting Centers are very pleased to announce that John Helfrich, the former manager of Riviera Beach Yacht Center, a division of Rybovich, has joined our staff as the Yacht Operations Manager of RFYC's LaBelle, Florida location. John is an ABBRA certified Marine Service Manager with 25 years of experience in the marine industry. He has acquired several marine service and repair certificates including the Lloyds Register, and has developed an expertise in hauling vessels up to 120 feet. RFYC cordially invites its current customers and all interested boaters to call John in LaBelle at 863-612-0003 or stop by for a visit to get acquainted.

BDBMC Announces Expansion Marine BusinessRiver Forest Yachting Center to expand Stuart facility

Business Development Board of Martin County Press Release 
August 13, 2009

BDBMC Announces Expansion Marine BusinessRiver Forest Yachting Center to expand Stuart facility 

bdbThe Business Development Board of Martin County (BDBMC) is pleased to announce the upcoming expansion of River Forest Yachting Center. In addition to and expansion of their facility, the company plans to add new employees. 
Built in 2005, River Forest Yachting Center is located on a nine-acre complex connected to the St. Lucie Canal. The facility currently has a 45,000 square foot, climate-controlled storage building, a 6,000 square foot indoor storage building, in-water storage on a freshwater basin, and out-of-water storage lots. The company will replace a smaller, older building that houses a fabrication and machine shop with a 5,000 square foot building that is more modern. Additionally, River Forest plans to improve part of the existing service area, including a large covered service area for larger boats. Construction is anticipated to begin within 30 days, and be complete by the end of summer 2009. This expansion will be a local stimulus and enable River Forest to add new, skilled positions. 
“The Business Development Board took this project under its wing, and has shepherded it from the day we started,” said John Smith, general manager of River Forest's Stuart location. “Working with the county has been a refreshing experience, too. We are very happy to reinvest in our Martin County facility, and intend to stay here for a very long time.” 
Businesses in the marine sector are some of the longest standing economic drivers in Martin County, and are targeted by the BDBMC for retention, expansion and recruitment efforts. 
“Helping local companies in key industries grow is top priority for the BDBMC,” said Ron Bunch, executive director of the Business Development Board of Martin County. “By working with our partners, such as the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, we want to assist and recruit companies within that sector that will add to the depth and breadth of businesses located here.” 
For more information about River Forest Yachting Centers, visit . 
The BDBMC is the county's official economic development organization and Enterprise Florida, Inc. partner. More information about the organization can be found by visiting .

Broward College Garners $100,000 for New Marine Program

Soundings Trade Only 
November 3, 2008 

Broward College Garners $100,000 for New Marine Program 



The Broward College Foundation recently received $100,000 in donations for the new Broward College Marine Engineering Management Program. 
Joe Charles, president of Charles Industries , and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida each presented a check for $50,000 during a ceremony at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last week. 

The foundation is trying to raise $3 million to renovate the 30,000-square-foot marine technology facility. The school is offering Florida's first Associate of Science degree in marine engineering management. 
Charles, who co-chairs the fund-raising efforts for the program, also was instrumental in bringing in $500,000 in equipment donations to the program. More than two dozen equipment donors, as well as additional cash donors, were recognized at the boat show reception.

Storage Contact

Tracy L. Campbell

Director of Client Services
P: 772-287-4131
F: 772-287-4148

LaBelle Contact

John J. Helfrich

LaBelle Manager
P: 863-612-0003
F: 863-612-9292

Stuart Contact

George F. Wharton

Stuart Manager
P: 772-287-4131
F: 772-287-4148

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