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Market Report

Hudson, Wisc., on the border of Minn., with a popula- tion just over 12,000, is home to Konrad Marine, a man- ufacturer of stern drives for commercial applications such as patrol boats, fishing vessels and water taxis. “We do the design right here in Hudson,” owner and founder Ken

Konrad said. “I’m a mechanical engineer myself. I’m the key person in designing the drive originally and also, at this time, of all our new products coming out.”

Konrad, a local to the area, saw some of the world before returning to his stomping grounds to build his business. “After graduating from high school I went to college for a little while and dropped out. Then I became a machinist and went to a two-year trade school” in Minneapolis,

Minn. After trade school Konrad went into the Navy. “I was originally stationed on an ammunition ship in the

Mediterranean and Caribbean. Then I volunteered for

Vietnam. I got on a tender that took care of patrol boats in Vietnam. We took care of swift boats and other patrol boats in the area. We were stationed in a little town called

An-Thoy [on the southern tip of Vietnam].” Konrad said

Quality • On Time • Design Support

Senesco Marine, on Narragansett Bay in RI, has 28 acres for new construction, a 1200’ pier for topside work, and a 4500 ton capacity drydock.

Senesco Marine has a proven track record in: • New Construction • Conversion • Repair 10 MacNaught Street

North Kingston, RI 02852-7414

Tel: 401-295-0373

Mike Foster - Vice President and

General Manager

Email: [email protected]

Tom Johnson – Vice President Business


Email: [email protected]

Tel: (713) 260-9629 • Fax: (713) 260-9602

Small Town Manufacturer with a Worldwide Reach

U.S. Navy small craft with Konrad Marine stern drives.

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