Protomet has won multiple International Boatbuilders Exhibition (IBEX) “Innovation Awards” for the design and manufacture of innovative marine products.


Protomet was the recipient of the Business TN “Fast 50” Award for being one of the fastest growing companies in the state of Tennessee.


Protomet won the prestigious Mori Seiki “Innovation of the Americas” Award for superior process engineering.

Each year, the boating industry recognizes a small number of companies that have changed the marketplace through innovation and technical advancement with the prestigious International Boatbuilders Exhibition (IBEX) Innovation Award. Protomet Corporation received that award in 2014 for its development of next generation equipment for the marine industry.


The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) honored Protomet with the 2014 IBEX Innovation Award for its new G4 Tower, an advanced tower for Malibu Boats described as “the most advanced tower ever introduced to the ski/wake industry.” More than 90 new products from around the world were submitted and evaluated for the 2014 IBEX Innovation Award.

Collaborating with Malibu Boats’ engineering group, the Protomet team invested 5,000 hours into the design of the G4 Tower. The new tower was subjected to static load testing to 2,000 lbs., vibration testing to 20 G’s and nine prototype units were built and tested for hundreds of hours on the water. 
The G4 Tower from Protomet effectively brings Joint Strike Fighter design and manufacturing expertise to the marine industry.​

“Through thousands of hours of iterative design, modeling and testing, the G4 was born. We are pleased to have been selected to develop and manufacture this revolutionary product. It’s the perfect example of Protomet leveraging its diverse background in automotive, aerospace and military work to bring innovation to the marine industry.”

Matt Reid, Engineering Manager - Protomet

The IBEX Innovation Award, the Business Tennessee Fast 50 and the Innovation of the Americas Award all demonstrate that Protomet is recognized as a leader and innovator in design, engineering and manufacturing. While we are grateful for industry awards, the most important recognition to Protomet is that our customers know we are innovators in design, engineering and manufacturing.