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Corporate History

Oceanus Industries began operations in 1973 as a provider of custom storage systems for members of the British Columbia fishing industry, developing a reputation for high quality, fair value and timely service.

In 1980, our focus expanded to composite manufacturing; moving into a 7,000 square foot facility in Sidney, B.C. and incorporating as Oceanus Reinforced Plastics Ltd. The company continued to service the fishing industry as well as pursuing opportunities in building custom molded composite parts.

In 1982 one of the world’s first Deep Vee RIBs (Rigid Inflatable Boat) was developed and built by Oceanus under contract for Zodiac Marine. This highly successful boat was, in part, responsible for further contracts building the first production RIB for the US Navy.

In the late 1980’s Zodiac Hurricane Technologies was formed and Oceanus became the supplier of all composite components for the company, building several sizes of the professional boats, as well as several thousand small recreational RIBs’, from what had now grown to be two facilities in Sidney.

In 1992, a production facility was opened in Ferndale, Washington to accommodate the demand for a larger Zodiac craft, primarily being sold to US Military customers. The US plant has since expanded to the current size of 15,000 square feet to fulfill the requirements for increasingly larger craft, with the largest RIB built currently, at 36 feet.

Over the next ten years, the company developed a variety of new models for Zodiac, ranging in size from 18 to 36 feet. During this time Oceanus has also supplied a specialized customer base with many other components, including small charter fishing boats, marine propulsion water jets, an authentic recreation of a First Nations dugout canoe, a fleet of 44’ Dragon Boats, an 18’ whaler style runabout, as well as several automotive products such as bus panels and conversion kit parts.

Affiliated Organizations

Oceanus Plastics is proud to be affiliated with the following organizations:
  • Northwest Marine Trades Association
  • Sport Fishing Institute of B.C.
  • B.C. Marine Trade Association
  • Canadian Taxpayers Federation
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business
  • Association of Washington Businesses
  • Washington Manufacturers Council
  • Oregon Reinforced Plastics Association: Washington and B.C. Chapters
  • Sponsor of Peninsula Soccer Association