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Manufacturing Making A Difference

HMK Client Spotlight:  Northeast Products & Services Inc

HMK's John Eltringham and Brittanie Hummel with Scott Tihansky (center) of Northeast Products & Services IncHow does one manufacture state of the art aluminum boating docks and rowing centers in the middle of a cornfield in rural Pennsylvania?  HMK client, Northeast Products & Services, Inc., has certainly figured it out.  At their Topton, PA location, they specialize in engineering and manufacturing floating marinas, rowing centers, gangways, and adaptive docks.  Northeast Products & Services, Inc. has been called upon by rowing associations, universities and cities to create their unique one-of-a- kind products branded as Boardsafe Docks.  In looking closer at the Boardsafe Dock products, the expertise and innovation of this business have an impact far greater than those requiring a water facing structure.  Their projects directly affect the well-being and lives of the general public.

Owner, Scott Tihansky, is an individual who knows the value of relationships and impacting the greater good.  Scott first felt the inclination to open his business while researching a boat dock for his personal home in Delaware.  He started selling supplier products for docks, but quickly noticed the suppliers were unable to customize structures to meet the growing demand for such products.  Scott started Northeast Products & Services, Inc. and surrounded himself with a team that would carry the company to where it is today.  Team members such as Plant Manager, Jason Strozyk, are credited for the success of the company as a result of dedication and inventive thinking behind the execution of their designs. Together Northeast Products & Services Inc. has designed and engineered over twenty unique proprietary extrusions (objects with a definitive cross-sectional profile used in the building of their products). Their unique designs result in the creation of aluminum structures that are innovative and customized to meet their client’s needs.   It is this ability to solve any customization request or challenge that truly sets them apart from the competition.

An incredible example of this innovation is their line of adaptive docks.   Northeast Products was approached to develop an ADA fishing pier and accessible kayaking dock for Leaser Lake in Lehigh County.   The finished dock allows those with disabilities to realize the capability of launching a kayak into the water and returning independently.   Witnessing the great impact this adaptive dock has had on those with disabilities resulted in these unique docks quickly becoming a passion product for the company.  They have since developed accessories to accompany the adaptive dock line and have constructed “clip on” adaptive docks to make the product more widely available.

Adaptive dock by Northeast Products & Services Inc

Below you can view a video of their adaptive dock design at work:


Ken Ryno, the adaptive athlete in the video, was later hired by Northeast Products after this launch.  Ken works as the Adaptive Dock Specialist and offers valuable input on the design of the products.  He also contributes to the sales efforts and communicating the value of the product to the public as well advocating accessibility issues.

It is projects and connections like this that keep Northeast Products & Services, Inc. resolute about the work they do.  You will never see their team rush a project just to get it out the door.  Everything is done with precision and to the highest standard of quality possible.  This is because the work they do is extremely important and has significant meaning to staff at Northeast Products& Services, Inc.

It is the commonality of professionalism that allows HMK the privilege of earning Northeast Products & Services, Inc.’s trust and business.  Scott Tihansky credits our agency for always turning around a rush request with not only results but positive communication and customer service.  “From John Eltringham (HMK producer) to Brittanie Hummel (Account Executive) to Donna Johnston in certificates, you always know requests will be taken care of and you are covered,” says Tihansky.  As an HMK client, he feels confident knowing HMK has the resources and relationships in the insurance industry to meet his company’s needs.

If you are wondering where you can see the work of Northeast Products & Services Inc., you will find them in the Lehigh Valley and far beyond.  There are adaptive docks locally at Leaser Lake as well as in Beltzville State Park.  Rowing centers have been completed for the Borough of Conshohocken, Temple University, and St. Mary’s College.  They have designed docks and gangways at Penn’s Landing, Boathouse Row in Philadelphia and Lovejoy Wharf in Boston just to name a few.  Upcoming projects range from the Waterfront Project here in the Lehigh Valley to projects in Texas, Indiana, Florida, Ohio and Alabama.

Commercial Floating Dock

Learn more about Northeast Products & Services. Inc and Boardsafe Docks by visiting their website: