Business Highlight: Frank & Jimmie's Propeller
By: MIASF Staff
Date posted: Mar 30, 2021 Tue
Since its founding more than 70 years ago, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller has grown to become a respected and integral part of the boating industry. Servicing propellers, shafts, struts, and rudders and carrying an extensive supply of marine hardware, every FJ Propeller shop is a one-stop destination for propulsion system repairs and maintenance. With three locations in South Florida, one in the Midwest, and five international shops across the Caribbean basin, help is always close at hand.
Family has been at the heart of this business since the first shop opened in 1947. With the recent addition of Jimmie Harrison’s daughter, Christie, to the team, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller is now in its third generation of family ownership. Working closely together, the Harrison team continues to build on the business’ success with innovative acquisitions designed to further enhance the customer experience.
They recently acquired Prop Scan systems, Prop Scanning training, and hydraulic propeller repair equipment from Coastal Propeller when Coastal’s long-time owner, Randy Anderson, retired. Frank & Jimmie’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters now has six Hale MRI and three Prop Scan propeller measuring systems, operated by seventeen highly trained prop technicians.
With an eye towards always putting the boat owner first, Frank & Jimmie’s also recently purchased portable, 3D non-contact scanning equipment. They are now able to measure and tolerance propellers during haul-out with the props still installed on the boat. This eliminates the need to remove and transport the props to the shop, saving the boat owner time and money. This same equipment is also used to reverse engineer and CNC manufacture to Class S, any design or size of propeller, with a “start to ship date” as fast as two weeks. Just another example of Frank & Jimmie’s customer-centric philosophy.
To find out more about Frank and Jimmie’s Propeller, visit their website.