2006 marked the 20th anniversary of David Coleman purchasing RSJ Barton Ltd from founder Ron Barton.
David and his staff were joined by some 100 customers, suppliers and friends from around the world to celebrate this event with a ‘Taste of Whitstable' seafood lunch at Barton HQ.
Peter Methven, current President of the BMF made a short speech congratulating the whole Barton team on their continued success and growth of the company.
Peter's 34.5ft yacht Dilkusha is entirely fitted with Barton deck gear, so he was delighted when invited to give a speech to guests. He further congratulated David on the success of Barton products, when onboard Dilkusha, which was on display outside the Barton premises for the celebration.
RSJ Barton was established in 1948 and was one of the first to pioneer the use of laminated plastics and stainless steel to produce lightweight blocks and deck hardware. In 1986, Ron Barton sold the company to David Coleman, a keen sailor who had spent a number of years in the small boat deck hardware business. David has since played a fundamental role in expanding the company, its extensive range of products and global customer base.
Now in its 58th year, Barton continues to research and utilise new and innovative products, materials and finishes.
"I feel honoured that Ron Barton chose to sell the company to me and equally honoured that now in its 58th year the company remains privately owned and financed. I have a great team who understand the importance of the product, customers and service, and because of this we continue to enjoy healthy growth in what has become a very aggressive market place," comments David Coleman.
"David's work ethos has inspired a loyal and dedicated team, with most people working at Barton for an average of 10 years. The five longest serving have been at the company for a combined 127 years," says Paul Botterill, one of the company's directors.