Shuttered Manufacturer, Boréal Designs Purchased by Riot Kayaks

Friday, 20 April 2012

Boreal Designs LogoToday Kayak Distribution (owners of Riot Kayaks) announced that they have purchased bankrupted kayak company, Boréal Designs.

According to the press release, manufacturing, sales and customer service will be moved from Quebec City to Montreal.

Below is the full statement:

Bankrupt kayak manufacturer, Boreal Design, bought out by Kayak Distribution of Montreal (Riot Kayaks).

"Kayak Distribution, makers of Riot and Azul brand kayaks, announced today that they have completed the purchase of Boréal Design of Québec city. Manufacturing, sales and customer service will be moved into Kayak Distribution facilities in Canada, the USA and China over the course of the summer in order to minimize impact on its dealer network.

By acquiring Boréal Designs, Kayak Distribution positions itself as a leading privately held boat manufacturer. Boréal’s integration will allow the company to have a strong presence in the sea kayak category which will complete its line-up of Riot and Azul boats. It will also allow the company to carve out a leading position in thermoformed boats which the company launched earlier this year.

By integrating Boréal into its existing operations, Kayak Distribution will help the company become more competitive, add thermoformed constructions to its line-up, and help its customers streamline their purchasing by being able to source all of their boats needs from one competitive supplier and in some cases, eliminate associated shipping costs through its free shipping program."

Special thanks to friend of the site and paddle maker, Joe O’Blenis for the tip.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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