In 1959, TACO Metals Founder Dave Kushner took a small Miami-based aluminum railing fabrication company and grew it into an established metal and marine manufacturing full-service enterprise with more than 110 employees today. In the early 1970s, TACO Metals entered the marine market as South Florida became known as a mecca for the recreational marine industry. We recognized a market and became quickly identified as a primary source supplier for the marine industry.
Over the years, TACO grew to include regional warehouses throughout Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina while also expanding its company into international markets. Additionally, Dave’s three sons, Jon, Mike and Bill, followed in their father’s footsteps and led TACO after he retired in the early 90s.
The Kushner brothers took their passion for the marine industry to become leaders on the forefront of innovation – developing new products, such as the Grand Slam line of outrigger mounts and poles, universal replacement Rub Rail Kits, flex-chrome inserts, Rub Rail-integrated navigation lights, ball and socket canvas top fittings and Capri Helm Seats. Today, we continue to grow organically through our ongoing commitment to innovation and product design.
We attribute our success over the past 61 years to developing a strong supply chain, which includes valued partnerships with our suppliers and customers – boat builders, marine fabricators, distributors and dealers.
Boaters around the world can find a wide range of TACO products on their boats. Our commitment to customer satisfaction means that we stand behind our products. We offer industry-leading warranties and a high level of customer service and support. It’s because of the TACO team’s commitment to providing innovative, quality products that continues to make us successful today and for the future.
Our product development and engineering department consists of a 6 member team that works in SolidWorks and can receive and read .IGS, .STEP, .IPT, .DXF, .DWG and 3DM files. In addition we offer the following capabilities:
TACO Marine has an extensive array of stock products that include tube, pipe, extrusions, hinges, clamps and fittings. For custom and proprietary product requirements, TACO Marine offers custom manufacturing and fabrication. Whether it’s custom designs, custom extrusions or customized cutting, drilling, bending or finishing, TACO Marine executes to exact specifications and provides complete, ready- to- assemble parts that offer additional time and labor savings.INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
TACO Marine's network of distribution centers provide warehousing and inventory management programs. Customized inventory management programs that track and manage product usage are tailored to meet customer-specific high volume requirements offering reduction in customers’ stock levels and carrying costs.
TACO Marine's logistics teams monitor and coordinate orders with delivery schedules allowing orders to be manufactured, warehoused and available for release based on customers’ project needs and schedules. TACO Marine delivers weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and bi-monthly utilizing its fleet of trucks and dedicated carriers. TACO Marine ensures the right products are delivered on-time and in good shape with reduced freight damage.
TACO Marine's sales and customer service teams are comprised of factory direct and independent representatives, dedicated to solving customers’ needs. From technical product knowledge to ensuring on-time delivery of products, TACO Marine is dedicated to providing the highest quality service to meet each customer’s requirements.
The nature of our business, products and services has expanded our international markets. TACO Marine has built manufacturing and distribution facilities overseas to ensure global access to our products and expertise.
Our team is passionate and we take pride in being a marine industry leader. We’re always looking for a better way of doing things and introducing new product designs that make life on the water safer and more enjoyable. In short, we care about what we do and care even more about our customers. It’s been in our DNA for the past 60 years and we are confident our best is still yet to come. Here are just a few of the people who make it happen.
MEET OUR SALES REPS
Dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable are three of the many words we use to describe our team of Sales representatives. Whether boating or fishing, this group of talented individuals lives and breathes the marine industry and TACO. Combined, our Sales team has more than 100 years of experience and together they serve customers up and down the eastern seaboard. Our customers know they can not only depend on TACO for excellent products, but also our Sales representatives for the very best service.
“IF A MAN DOES NOT KEEP PACE WITH HIS COMPANIONS, PERHAPS IT IS BECAUSE HE HEARS A DIFFERENT DRUMMER. LET HIM STEP TO THE MUSIC WHICH HE HEARS, HOWEVER MEASURED OR FAR AWAY.” – HENRY DAVID THOREAU
To best serve our customers throughout North America, we work with a variety of Independent Representatives. Our Independent Representatives not only specialize in the marine industry and TACO products, but they work face-to-face with distributors, boat yards, dealers and retailers to help with product training, trade shows, merchandizing, retailing and detailing. We are proud to say that our TACO Independent Representatives are some of the best in the industry. For more information on our Independent Representatives and the areas in which they serve, please see below.