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BRIG Boats Taking Care of its Employees

BRIG boats, employees, BRIG factory

BRIG is one of the largest builders of rigid hull inflatable boats (RIBS) with more than 420 employees.​​

At the 2022 Palm International Beach Boat Show, BoatTEST founder Jeff Hammond met with Boyd Tomkies, the president of BRIG USA. BRIG is based in Kharkiv, Ukraine, one of the hardest-hit areas during Russia’s attack on the country. BRIG builds about 4,000 rigid hull inflatable boats annually and has had to shut down operations to keep its employees safe. A handful of employees are living at the BRIG factory and have taken up arms to protect it. Showing the familial nature of the marine industry, BRIG distributors throughout Europe are taking in the factory employees and their families until the fighting is over.  To help the BRIG refugees, please donate to the BRIG Family Foundation here.

BRIG Family Foundation