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Brunswick Corp Acquires Fast-Growing Freedom Boat Club, the Nation's Largest Boat Club Operation
By: Freedom Boat Club of Lake Norman & Lake Wylie
"I feel this acquisition of Freedom Boat Club by Brunswick is a significant vote of confidence in the boat club concept," said Perry Weir, Lake Norman franchisee. "It's a recognition that FBC is the preeminent boat club, offering members a broad spectrum of late model boats locally and superior reciprocal boating privileges at over 185 locations across 30 states, Canada and Europe. This acquisition demonstrates Brunswick's awareness that boat club membership offers an attractive and affordable alternative way to enjoy boating without the hassles and high cost of boat ownership."
Over the last five years, FBC has nearly doubled its location footprint and tripled its membership base. John Giglio, President and CEO of FBC and his experienced management team will continue to lead Freedom Boat Club. "We're very excited to join Brunswick," Giglio said. "Our knowledge and experience of the growing boat club industry, combined with Brunswick's leading marine resources, will provide FBC and its franchise partners with many new opportunities to accelerate growth and create value, while enhancing the best-in- class boating experience we aim to provide our members."
"Importantly, FBC strengthens our (Brunswick's)
About Freedom Boat Club
Freedom Boat Club, founded in 1989, is the largest boat club operator and the premier marine franchiser in the nation. FBC and its franchisees service over 20,000 members, providing them with access to a fleet of nearly 2,200 boats at approximately 185 company-owned or franchised locations across 30 states, Canada and Europe. For more information, visit https://www.freedomboatclub.com.
About Brunswick Corporation
Headquartered in Mettawa, Illinois, Brunswick Corporation's leading consumer brands include Mercury Marine outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; Mercury global parts and accessories including propellers and SmartCraft electronics;
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