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Tige' Promotes Tom Austin To VP Of Manufacturing And R&D

ABILENE, TEXAS – After two and half years of exemplary service at Tigé, Director of Manufacturing Tom Austin has been promoted to Vice President of Manufacturing/Product Development and Engineering.

“The people and systems Tom has put in place, along with the environment he has developed during his time here has yielded dramatic results throughout the manufacturing and R&D departments,” commented company President Charlie Pigeon. “Since he has been at Tigé, our manufacturing efficiency has increased dramatically, our customer service index numbers have increased significantly and we’re improving the way we build our boats by developing new and innovative products. I can’t think of a better way to reward his excellence than by giving him this promotion.”

During his tenure at Tigé, Austin has been instrumental in managing the development of the new Tigé all-composite Life-Plus Core matrix stringer system, the company’s value-driven Switch Series and improving the Tigé Adjustable Performance System (TAPS) to work better with Tigé’s innovative ConvexV hull.

“I am thrilled with the promotion and gratified by the vote of confidence from Charlie,” said Austin. “I feel confident that as the Tigé management team grows, we will continue to influence the market through innovation and gain market share by excelling in customer satisfaction and design.”

Austin joined Tigé in 2001, bringing with him 20 years of boat building experience. Prior to becoming the Director of Manufacturing for Tigé, Tom was a plant manager for the U.S. Marine Corporation, an Operations Manager for Yamaha Corporation, a Manufacturing Development Manager for Wellcraft Marine and a Quality Assurance Manager for Bayliner Marine Corporation. Throughout his career, Tom has worked in all phases of boat manufacturing and design. His vast experience, motivational skills and management capability are a significant factor in the efficient operation of the Tigé plant and the consistent, high quality product produced by Tigé.

Austin was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. His interests include spending time with his family and playing golf.

Since its conception in 1991, Tigé Boats, Inc. has revolutionized the family towboat industry and continues to be dedicated to engineering versatile watersport boats of the finest quality with a family-oriented design. Tigé strives to maximize inboard versatility, while using innovative technology to improve overall watersport performance. Tigé is headquartered in Abilene, Texas, and their website can be found at

For more information, please contact Media Relations Coordinator Amber McDow at (325) 676-7777 or

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