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Brett Martin

BRETT Martin’s Trailcraft group of companies manufactures aluminium trailer boats, boat trailers and caravans and sells them through five of his own retail stores and 27 independently owner retail outlets across Australia. With no experience in manu-facturing, Mr Martin purchased a small, fledging aluminium boat company called Trailcraft five years ago. At the time, the business’s two staff produced 10 boats a year. This manufacturing operation has grown into what Mr Martin says is the biggest producer of plate aluminium trailer boats in the world, with more than 200 staff producing 1,200 boats a year. And his Saltwater Marine sales outlet in Fremantle has been the biggest Mercury Outboard dealer in WA for the past five years. In Tailcraft, Mr Martin has created his own brand powerhouse, and the Trailcraft World stores have put him one step closer to his goal of selling boats, trailers and caravans direct to the market. And the business has recently moved into caravans. Mr Martin spent 18 months and around $1 million on research and development, with Trailcraft now producing five caravans a week. Next year’s goal is to increase that more than five-fold and expand the manufacturing workforce. Ensuring quality staffing during the manufacturing process has been essential to the business’s success. A defined business plan and a sense of the bigger picture helps Mr Martin stay on course to greater success. Recognition for his self-belief, hard work and passion came when he was named a finalist in the 2003 Ernst and Young, Young Entre-preneur award. Trailcraft continues to support an apprenticeship scheme for marine metal fabricators.

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