Russ Erickson acquires yacht carpet and interior fabrics cleaning specialist for undisclosed sum

Interior Technology Services (ITS) of the Netherlands has sold its US operations and the new owner is looking to expand operations.

The Ft Lauderdale, Florida-based cleaning service that specialises in yacht carpeting and interior fabrics is looking to add an office in Palm Beach County to accommodate yachts at the nearby Rybovich and Derecktor Ft Pierce shipyards.

New owner, Russ Erickson, recently told The Triton that the company’s 34-year reputation for professional service on some of the world’s largest yachts led to the purchase decision.

“Ninety-nine percent of what I bought is the goodwill of this company, not just the equipment or collateral,” he said. “I’m not going to do anything to jeopardise that.”

Erickson had a life-long career in boat manufacturing with various entities, including Sterling Power Boats and Edgewater Boats, and came out of retirement to take on ITS. He said the entire crew will be staying on.

Company founder Richard Perkins, who holds several certifications including Master Restorer, has relocated to Amsterdam where he will continue to consult with European builders and refit yards.