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George Engine Reports
Record Growth-Sales —Brochure Available
George Engine Company, Inc., of Harvey, La., is an organiza- tion that started a little over 35 years ago with a $2,500 invest- ment and has grown into one of the world's largest distributors of Detroit Diesel marine engines.
The company is named for its late founder, George S. Frierson
Jr., who secured a franchise in 1945 from the General Motors
Corporation through a combina- tion of personality, business acu- men, and old-fashioned luck. Mr.
Frierson's son, Louis, now serves as chairman, president and gen- eral manager.
The company's new Harvey headquarters facility encompass- es a quarter of a million square feet, making GECO one of the biggest installations of its kind in the U.S. In addition, the com- pany operates wholly owned branches in Lafayette, Morgan
City, and Baton Rouge, and has acquired property for building ad- ditional branches in other key areas.
The company's franchised deal- ers, of whom there are more
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Sales to the maritime industry account for well over half of
GECO's entire business, which will exceed gross sales of $140 million in 1981.
The original "Jimmy Diesels" sold by GECO were used for pow- ering shrimp trawlers and oyster luggers. While commercial fisher- men still account for a sizeable share of business, the company's major interest today lies with the offshore petroleum industry.
George Engine was part of the development of much of the equipment used for transporting machinery, supplies and person- nel to offshore drilling and pro- duction sites. In the process, the company has supplied tens of thousands of marine engines and more than 1,500 complete boat "packages." The concept of sell- ing and financing complete work- boats originated with GECO and is widely accepted in the oil and towing industries.
GECO also furnished the en- gines used to power the world's first all-steel crewboat. Some years later, it did the same with the first all-aluminum crewboat that is still in service on Vene- zuela's Lake Maracaibo. The com- pany also powered and financed the industry's first "bo-truck," then a radical new design for workboats, featuring a wheel- house fully forward and a large afterdeck suited for carrying bulky oilfield cargo.
In January 1980, George En- gine added ALCO Power Boss en- gines to its product line, giving the company the ability to power the biggest workboats including long-range towing/supply ves- sels, tugs, towboats, and other equipment used both offshore and on the inland waterways.
A sizeable portion of GECO's main plant is devoted to assem- bling generator sets for the ma- rine industry.
In addition to its commercial work, GECO has furnished en- gines and generators for hun- dreds of patrol boats and a num- ber of experimental vessels built for the military.
For a brochure on George En- gine Co. capabilities,
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