New England Ropes co-founder George Herbert Repass passes away

(FALL RIVER, Mass.) (Dec. 28) — New England Ropes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Teufelberger Group, announced today that the company’s original co-founder, Herb Repass, passed away recently in Vero Beach, Fla.

Mr. Repass co-founded New England Ropes Inc. in New Bedford Mass. with his friend and associate David Aigler in 1967. Herb served as President and chief designer of specialty ropes that were manufactured by the company for yachting, safety and rescue, arborist, mountaineering, lariats for cowboys, and Navy and Coast Guard operations. Herb, Dave and his son Randy also collaborated to sell rope for boating on the west coast, spawning West Marine.

Many of the rope designs developed by Herb Repass are still in use today, combining superior design with the use of today’s fiber advancements. Herb retired in 1990 and passed the stewardship of the company to his son, Jay Repass. In 2007, the Repass family sold the company to TEUFELBERGER Group in Austria.

About New England Ropes Corp.

Since 1967, New England Ropes Corp. has manufactured products using the finest first-class fiber, world-class manufacturing, and innovative design and engineering.  Driven by excellence and innovation, our products continue to be trusted to perform by our numerous customers across a broad array of markets.  The New England Ropes Corporation has been a proud member of the Teufelberger Group since 2007.
About the Teufelberger Group

The name Teufelberger stands for a dynamic group of companies working with three key technologies in three strategic divisions and relying on more than 220 years of experience. In addition to the segment of Synthetic Fibers, Teufelberger is also active in the production of steel wire ropes as well as extrusion.

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By Professional Mariner Staff