Master Boat Builders Commemorates 34 Years Working with Thompson Tractor and Over 200 Vessels Built with Caterpillar Marine Engines

Decades-Long Relationship Celebrated Between MBB, Thompson Tractor Company and Caterpillar

Master Boat Builders, Inc. earlier this fall commemorated its longstanding relationship with Thompson Tractor and Caterpillar at its Coden, Ala. shipyard. Over Master Boat Builders’ longstanding 34-year relationship with Thompson Tractor, the yard has constructed more than 200 workboats, tugboats, and maritime vessels with Caterpillar engines.


“Master Boat Builders is thrilled to commemorate our 34-year business relationship with Thompson Tractor and Caterpillar marine power systems,” said Garrett Rice, President of Master Boat Builders, “Throughout our many years working together, we’ve built over 200 reliable vessels for top maritime operators throughout the United States and across the world and we look forward to continued success with, Thompson Tractor and Caterpillar.”


“Master Boat Builders can count on Thompson Tractor to deliver world-class solutions. From Caterpillar engines and Berg Propulsion systems, to heavy equipment, lift trucks and rentals, we partner with Master Boat Builders in every step of the shipbuilding process. From one family-owned business to another, we are committed to supporting them every step of the way,” said Lucy Thompson Marsh, President and CEO of Thompson Tractor Co., Inc. 


“Caterpillar is proud to be Master Boat Builders’ marine power and equipment manufacturer of choice for more than three decades. We are excited to continue working together for decades to come,” Caterpillar Marine General Manager Derrick York and Caterpillar Defense General Manager Jay Walton said in a joint statement. “We are bringing innovative power solutions from the latest EPA tier engines and emission reduction solutions to hybrid drive systems and beyond, as we remain committed to supporting them well into the future.”