Mike Vaughn has been promoted to engineering manager at HydroHoist Marine Group, announces Mick Webber, CEO and president.

Vaughn joined HydroHoist in 2004 as project engineer, focusing on product development and specializing in concept drawings and CAD work, in addition to overseeing product lake-testing.

A licensed professional engineer, he recently was awarded a patent for his design of the HydroHoist UltraLift 2 (UL2) boat lift, and he has a patent pending on a new style control for HydroHoist’s automatic valve mechanism.

“Mike has brought a renewed focus and emphasis on product development and innovation. He and his team have delivered the best designed and most rugged hoist system available on the market today. We as a company have benefited greatly by having him on our team,” said Webber.

“Mike also has been working on our behalf with McElroy Manufacturing in Tulsa to develop our custom fusion process, using a custom-made machine specific to our engineered and rotomolded tanks rather than the conventional sewer pipe that our competitors use,” Webber said.

A native of Jay, Vaughn is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He is the son of Ronnie and Connie Vaughn and grandson of Eunice Vaughn and Hazel Riggs, all of Jay.

HydroHoist, the world’s first and largest manufacturer of hydro-pneumatic boat lifts, is a privately held, multimillion-dollar business with more than 100 employees and a global market. The company has been based in Claremore, Okla., since 1971.