~Originally published in the Journal of Business on Jan. 19, 2012 ~
Northwest Speed & Marine LLC, which operates a boat motor repair business by that name in East Spokane, has acquired the assets of Spokane Outboard Repair and has renamed that business Spokane Outboard Service.
Mel and Jana Craven, who owns both businesses, have moved Spokane Outboard Service to Northwest Speed & Marine’s building, a 2,000-square-foot structure located at 3630 E. Nebraska. They’ve hired two employees, one full time and one part time, who previously were with Spokane Outboard Repair, to staff Spokane Outboard Service.
Mel Craven says the acquisition gives Northwest Speed & Marine some expertise in outboard-motor repair that it didn’t have in-house previously.
Northwest Speed & Marine specializes in repair of both outboard and inboard motors, other boat repair work, and selling repair parts. It also has repair, parts, and accessory seller agreements with Volvo boating subsidiary Volvo Penta, OMC, and Evinrude Johnson Inc., Craven says.
He says he has been a professional boat mechanic for 30 years, and started Northwest Speed & Marine two years ago. Jana Craven works as the office manager and bookkeeper for the company.