AMERICAN TURBINE INC. HISTORY
Ron Gordon, general manager and current vice president, began American Turbine in 1989. Ron's experience goes back to 1976 with Dominator Jet in Lubbock, Texas. He owned and operated Dominator for 12 years. He Sold ownership and stayed on as manager for a short time.
After leaving Dominator, Ron started American Turbine. The American Turbine Jet was designed from a clean sheet of paper. Ideas and improvements that had been proven in the previous years with Dominator were incorporated into American Turbine. His inventions and innovations have made American Turbine’s jets world class. Ron was the original designer of the shouldered wear ring, Max-Flow hand hole cover, and impeller sizes from the “AA” to the “9½”. American Turbine was first to offer High-Performance intakes, High-Flow bowls, and high quality investment cast stainless steel and aluminum impellers. He was also the designer of the Jacuzzi YJ Energizer kit some 30 years ago. Now we also have a Jacuzzi WJ Energizer Kit and the Panther Energizer kit.. Ron designed the High-Flow droop snoot and also the High-Flow straight snoot, and many other industry inovations.
In 1993 Ron sold ownership of American Turbine to Travis Garske, owner of Travis Pattern & Foundry. TP&F is an aluminum foundry with a full CNC machine shop, 90% of our work is done there, from the casting to a finished part. With this kind of control we can quickly react to customer needs and boating trends. Shortly after moving to the Pacific Northwest we recognized a need to design a jet for welded aluminum boats. We introduced the SD309 early in 1994.
In the Fall of 2007 we started designing the SD231 axial flow jet. Meanwhile in 2010 while patterns and tooling were being built for the 231 we converted one of our SD312's into an axial flow jet, it worked so well the SD203 was born which is an axial flow (High Volume) jet. The SD203 is an awesome performer with a stainless steel impeller and SDR reverse standard.
Our largest jet to date the SUPER DUTY SD231 axial flow jet has been shipped all over the world. The SD231 has many features not available on other jets such as 17-4PH stainless steel impeller, billet intake block and grate, hydraulic reverse bucket, and hydraulic trim/ skid plate.
We have the most experienced group of team members in the industry, in June of 2016 Ron will have spend the last 40 years designing and building jet drives. Ron's first experience goes back to 1968 when he changed an impeller on a Berkeley jet. Ron believes as do many that there is no substitute for experience, the team members at American Turbine average 20 plus years of experience each.
If you need help selecting the proper jet, or parts for many other jets, or if you need free advice you can't go wrong with American Turbine.
Top Ten Reasons to Own a Jet Boat
1. Safety around swimmers no exposed prop.
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