Industry mourns marine industry entrepreneur and innovator
The Taylor Made Group
July 23, 2013
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BRADENTON, Fla. – July 22, 2013 – Albert W. Zirkelbach, an entrepreneur and inventor who came up through the custom canvas ranks to found one of the largest OEM canvas suppliers in the marine industry, died on Sunday, July 14th in Bradenton, Fla.
Zirkelbach started in the marine industry in 1972 working on custom canvas products. In the early 80s, he founded Aldon Industries. Employing over 320 people, Aldon supplied canvas boat tops and enclosures, upholstery and windshields to some of the top brands in the boatbuilding industry. In 1998, following the sale of Aldon, he co-founded Ameritex Technologies with his son, Don Zirkelbach. Becoming a member of the Taylor Made Group in 2009, that company is now known as Ameritex Fabric Systems, where Zirkelbach helped to oversee plant operations and consulted on important projects right up until his recent passing. His passion for his life’s work was shown in a number of patents bearing his name.
“Albert Zirkelbach was instrumental in building a tremendously talented team, first at Aldon and later at Ameritex. He will always be remembered not only for his passionate drive to succeed but also for his desire to be a positive influence on those he was leading. The respect and loyalty this earned him is obvious from the moment you enter our Ameritex facility. Taylor Made was honored and blessed to have him as a part of our team and we will all miss him greatly,” said Al Petit, president of Taylor Made Systems.
Zirkelbach is survived by his wife Gertrude, three sons, Don, Alan and Craig (wife Liliana), seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, www.tidewell.org.