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This just goes to show you that fabricators are a smart, savvy and creative bunch! Check out this story on the  Marlin Days at Carolina Custom Towers.  Great way to keep up your chops and diversify your income stream.

Fishing for business
September 23, 2009 5:30 AM
By Drew C. Wilson
Havelock News
Successful companies can adapt to a changing market.
Change is exactly what Carolina Custom Towers of Havelock is doing.
The company makes aluminum tuna towers and other products for custom sports fishing and luxury yachts.
“I really enjoy doing the towers, but the way the economy’s been the last couple of years, there just isn’t the work,” owner Tim Daly said from the company’s shop in Havelock’s industrial park.
So five weeks ago Daly and his employees got together and decided to diversify. Fridays have now become marlin days.
That’s when anodized aluminum that would otherwise be made into tuna towers and T-tops is instead fashioned into marlin, tuna and mahi mahi sculptures and wall mounts.
It is a business endeavor that is split four ways among Daly, brothers Daniel Hunnings and J.R. Hunnings of Grifton and Bryan Gray of Morehead City, according to Daly’s wife Jen, who is the company office manager.
“It was just an idea that they ran with,” she said. “We’ve got all this metal and all this ability and it’s what we can do. Once the public gets to see them, it’s a home run.
“It’s just that out-of-the-box thinking that this team does, very innovative.”
They’re working on tuna and marlin pieces and plan to add porpoises, whales and manatees to the mix, Tim Daly sai

Fishing for business

September 23, 2009 5:30 AM
By Drew C. Wilson

SWORDFISHHavelock News

Successful companies can adapt to a changing market.

Change is exactly what Carolina Custom Towers of Havelock is doing.

The company makes aluminum tuna towers and other products for custom sports fishing and luxury yachts.

“I really enjoy doing the towers, but the way the economy’s been the last couple of years, there just isn’t the work,” owner Tim Daly said from the company’s shop in Havelock’s industrial park.

So five weeks ago Daly and his employees got together and decided to diversify. Fridays have now become marlin days.

That’s when anodized aluminum that would otherwise be made into tuna towers and T-tops is instead fashioned into marlin, tuna and mahi mahi sculptures and wall mounts.

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