Gibson hosts open house

October 2009 News Brandon Barrus
Gibson Boats held an open house at its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Portland, Tennessee last Friday and Saturday. An estimated 200 people attended over the two days.

The aim of the open house, which is held every year, is to give the houseboating public a chance to see what Gibson is working on for the upcoming year, as well as make appointments with those who are interested in purchasing a boat.

"The open house greatly and wildly exceeded our expectations this year," Gibson national sales manager Randy O'Malia said.

"Even on Friday we got inundated with people," he said. "We're still following up with people we didn't spend enough time with."

O'Malia is very encouraged by the vibrant response to the open house.

"We have a number of deals pending, and looks like we'll close a number of sales that started last weekend," O'Malia said.

An interesting trend that was made evident at the open house is the number of people interested in taking longer trips or even living aboard their houseboats. 

"People are realizing there's more to houseboating than sitting at the dock. There's a mobile part of it that people are paying attention to," O'Malia said.

For more information on Gibson Boats, visit or call 615-325-9320.
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