Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE), the US producer of Nordhavn trawler yachts, has announced its California-based office will become the company’s new world headquarters.
Refurbishments are under way at the 9,000sq ft Dana Point building which will be home to its sales, project management, engineering, accounting, commissioning and shipping/receiving departments, which are currently spread over three separate locations.
“Communications and efficiency will vastly improve by having the entire company together, and this will lead to a better customer experience for visiting clients,” says PAE president and owner Dan Streech.
Unifying all the departments into one space has been along-term goal of PAE ownership. Last year PAE was awarded a 30-year-lease of the site of the former Beach House restaurant.
The Dana Point building is located just down the street from the current site of Nordhavn’s Orange County-based southwest sales office and the firm has spent the past few months designing and reconfiguring the building to include new offices for staff, owner/guest office suites, a conference and showroom and a gallery dedicated to the history of PAE and the Dana Point waterfront.
Production will continue to take place at PAE’s two partner factories, Ta Shing Yacht Building Co. in Taiwan and South Coast Marine in China.
In a statement, PAE claims the company has seen an uptick in both new and pre-owned sales in recent weeks. “We are eager to move forward knowing that we have room to expand as business improves in these coming months and years,” says Streech.
Work is scheduled to continue throughout the summer so the staff can move into the new offices in November 2012.
Founded in 1974, PAE designs, builds and markets offshore passage-making trawler yachts from 12m-37m (40ft-120ft) under the Nordhavn brand. Yachts are built in Taiwan and China, but most are sold and commissioned in the US.
PAE also has satellite offices in Seattle; Stuart, Florida; Portsmouth, Rhode Island; Hamble Point, UK; and Brisbane, Australia.