Catching up with Carmen Bélanger-Martin is not an easy task. The president of Aero-Marine is always on the go, on the phone or on the production floor—or maybe out shopping for a new purse. Seriously though, Bélanger-Martin has never been busier, and that’s considering the original marine windshield and canopy business is less than half of what it was several years ago because of the economic downturn and decline in new boat sales.
So why is Aero-Marine—now in its ninth year—staying so busy? Along with supplying high-quality acrylic and polycarbonate windscreens and canopies for builders such as Douglas Marine/Skater Powerboats, Nordic Boats and Outerlimits Powerboats, the company has put a concerted effort into the aftermarket business, providing retrofit windshield and windscreen kits for a variety of makes and models from the likes of Baja Marine, Eliminator Boats, Spectre Powerboats and many other companies.