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Warrior Boats, Newly Formed Boat Company, Joins NPAA

NPAA Supporting Partner Press Release
Published January 11, 2012

Forestville, WI-Two National Professional Angler Association members, Dave Andersen, Amery, Wisconsin, and Chuck Barth, Melrose, Minnesota, with two other investors have resurrected the Warrior Boats brand.  The company is currently building boats, with the first four boats nearly complete.

Barth said, "We wanted to showcase boats at the early sport shows, plus our dealers are knocking down the doors.  We have several former dealers on board, and that's the good news, however, ramping up production while our new facility in Melrose is under construction means working around electricians, plumbers and carpenters."  Past Warrior owners aware of the company's rebirth have also ordered boats.  "The demand is already there," he said, "And, we're already looking at another building."

Andersen, a PWT Championship winner, Wave Wacker winner, and with $400,000 earned on tour, and Barth, a cattle rancher, kennel owner and tournament angler (and now in his sixth Warrior) are joined by Hager City, Wisconsin restaurant owner Pat Brockshaw, and Al Leinen, co-owner of St. Rosa Lumber Company as owners.  Andersen's son Kent is sales manager ([email protected]).

Warrior will build the six top-selling models and others on special order.  "The interiors will be much improved, with the traditional big-water handling hulls the reason so many people wanted us to bring this great boat back," Barth said.

Pat Neu NPAA executive director welcomed Warrior Boats, saying, "This has always been a popular boat, and it's great to see NPAA members and dedicated anglers running this company.  They know boats and fishing, and will bring their decades of experience and passion to the company."  Company contacts are: Barth - [email protected], and Andersen - [email protected]

Other news, including stories from the recently concluded annual conference, will be discussed and shared on the NPAA website and in future news releases. 

The NPAA is a non-profit organization focused on growing the sport of fishing and increasing the professionalism of its members.  Supporting Partners include: Navionics, Mercury Marine, Evinrude Outboards, Yamaha, Lund Boats, Ranger Boats, The Next Bite, Oahe Wings and Walleyes Guide Service, Outdoor First Media, Pure Fishing, Fish On Kids Books,  Advanced Tex Screen Printing, Worldwide Marine Insurance, FLW Outdoors, AIM, North American Media Group, Frabill, John Butts Outdoors, J.J. Keller Fishing Team, The Reel Shot, U.S. Forest Service, Great Lakes Sea Grant, FPS Financial Planning Services, Off-Shore Tackle, Fin-Tech Tackle, Kingfisher Boats, Warrior Boats, Liddle Marketing, Mutual of Omaha, Northland Fishing Tackle, Optima Batteries, Simms Fishing Products, Pasha Lake Cabins, National Fleet Graphics, Arrowhead Promotion, G2 Gemini, and High Tech Fishing.  More NPAA member and association news can be viewed at 

Call Pat Neu, executive director, 920-856-6151 with questions.