was selected as Vapor Power International Marine Distributor for the North
American marine markets. The announcement was made at the 2013 International
companies have tremendous synergies," stated Marc Dupuis, Vapor Power
sales manager. "We are excited about this new partnership with Laborde
Power heaters really complement our growing position in the inland tank barge
industry and gives us another arrow in our quiver when providing a turnkey
package to our heated barge customers," said Doug Oehrlein, Laborde
Products' VP sales & marketing.
focused on providing our customers with the right product for their application
and then providing the right service and right support to keep that product
working. The Mitsubishi powered mechanical tank barge power units and the Vapor
Power heaters are the right product for our heater barge customers and we are
very excited about the new relationship with Vapor Power," said Oehrlein.
and Vapor are focused on providing quality products for the tank barge industry
and we at Laborde are confident that the new Vapor Power heating products are
manufactured and designed to meet our customers' highest expectations," said
Chris Cerullo, Laborde's marine manager. "We can now provide our customers with a
complete stainless steel package including generators, barge pump package and
Vapor Power heaters."
new relationship also positions Laborde to provide the Vapor Power heater product
support through the company's three branch offices and 17 marine dealers.
"This is where the right service and right support comes into the formula
that we have used to grow our business year after year," said Brian
Laborde, Laborde's president.
introduced thermal fluid heaters in the late 1950s and by the 1970s Va-Power,
as it was known, became the leading supplier of cargo heaters to the marine
2001, the current ownership purchased the Va-Power division and Vapor Power
International was formed with a focus on heating products. The Vapor Power
products afford customers with capital cost savings, construction cost savings,
fuel cost savings, a compact design, faster heat up times and ease of
operation. Vapor Power's relationship with Laborde stems from Vapor Power needing
a strong partner in the marine market to reintroduce its brand.
Products is the largest distributor of Mitsubishi Marine engines in North
America. As an engine distributor, the company has developed a range of
products targeting the inland marine market and specifically the tank barge
market. Laborde's tank barge power units, which are powered by the only Tier 3
Marine Mechanical engines in the market, enable Laborde to provide power to
their customers' units that meet the USCG Class 1 Division 1 requirements
without complex electronics. A host of issues associated with electronic
engines and cost are avoided with the use of a reliable Mitsubishi mechanical
Contact Laborde Products, 74257 Hwy 25,
Covington, LA 70435. 985-892-0107; Fax: 985-898-5824.