Contacts:      David Karpinski                                                   Mary Swetits

                     Taylor Made Products                                         Rhodes Communications

                     +1 518 773 9400                                                   +1 757 451 0602







            GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. – April 24, 2007 – Taylor Made Products has introduced replacement gas shocks for hatches, doors and covers.

Similar to the expanding rods used in the automotive industry, these replacement shocks have a gas cylinder and piston assembly that allows the rod to expand as doors or hatches open, and collapse as they close. The gas cylinders of shocks installed on new boats typically have a life of about five years. After that, there is no more “spring” left in the rod and boatowners are forced to manually lift and prop open covers. Taylor Made’s new line of gas shocks are intended to replace the installed rods once the viability of the gas cylinders on the original shocks have expired.

Taylor Made’s replacement shocks are available in standard black and stainless steel. The standard black shocks incorporate a tough annealed steel rod with a protective coating for added corrosion resistance. Ideal for a high-salinity marine environment, the stainless steel shocks are constructed from 316 stainless steel and have been specially treated to protect against rust and corrosion.

            Taylor Made Products, a member of the Taylor Made Group®, is one of the largest and most innovative suppliers of marine aftermarket products, including buoys, fenders, boat covers, bimini tops, dock products, flags, pennants and hardware.

Headquartered in Gloversville, N.Y., the Taylor Made Group, Inc. has nearly 100 years of experience as one of the recreational marine industry’s largest, most diversified suppliers to boatbuilders and the aftermarket. The Taylor Made Group includes Taylor Made Products, Taylor Made Systems, Taylorbrite LLC and Trend Marine. The Group operates 12 facilities in the United States, the Republic of Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. Employing more than 1,300 associates, its products are distributed through a worldwide distribution network.

For sales inquiries, contact Taylor Made Products by phone, +1 518 773 9400, or by e-mail, Visit our Website at


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