About

Sunbacker was created by Al Lewis in February of 1979 as mainly a marine business. During high school, Al worked in a body shop and went on to the Navy. With 3 fun-filled far eastern cruises to Vietnam and 26 months in combat zones, Al realized it was time to move on to 6 years at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Al completed a 4-year apprenticeship to become a marine machinist. While working nights as a machinist, Sunbacker was created.

A business opportunity came up so the name “Sunbacker” -to get people back in the sun- was adopted. It actually was a tag on the shoes Al was wearing that day. Have to thank the wife- we were in business. While mainly working on large yachts, fiberglass kept coming my way. When people needed weird things created, Sunbacker’s name came up. After a couple years, fiberglass repair and fabrication was all we were doing.

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Letters of Recomendation

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory:  Letter of Recommendation

To Whom it May Concern:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my extreme pleasure and confidence in the fiberglass products and solutions produced by Sunbacker Fiberglass Incorporation.

Sunbacker has been the mainstay of Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) buoy torroids production and delivery for several years. Al’s fiberglass product has been delivered on time, within scope and found to be extremely durable in the harsh oceanic environment of the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

The quality of work has been outstanding and Al’s customer service has been above and beyond. Sunbacker has taken the extra time to listen to the customer, develop cost-cutting and effective solutions and then present them in a timely and efficient manner. These qualities were not part of the contract but they are just the mark of high standards that this company wants to adhere to.

Please contact me for further information on this matter.

Douglas J. Maxwell

 

 

 

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

NOAA-PMEL Engineering Development Division:  Letter of Recommendation

As expected, Sunbacker delivered on time and per contractual agreements. The finished 4 DART-3 buoys and 4 pCO2 O-A buoys fully met the contractual requirements. Additionally, Sunbacker demonstrated that they could work closely with PMEL engineers on the development of the complicated molding required for this PO, even providing input into the design process which resulted in a cheaper, more repeatable, and efficient fabrication process.

Small manufacturing issues are inherent in the first prototypes built to a new design. Sunbacker corrected the very few minor fabrication issues which arose during this contract promptly and satisfactorily, and took appropriate measures to assure that the problems would not arise in the future.

Noah Lawrence-Slavas
Mechanical Engineer
NOAA-PMEL Engineering Development Division
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA. 98115
206.526.6209

 

NOAA-PMEL Engineering Development Division

NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory:  Letter of Recommendation

26 April 2005

Al Lewis Sunbacker Fiberglass 17453 147th St SE Unit 1 Monroe, WA. 98727

RE: Project Evaluation: Buoy Fabrication

Dear Al,

I was employed for many years at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and involved with the design, fabrication and deployment of complex deep ocean buoys and mooring for scientific studies. In the mid 1990’s we were forced to find an alternate fiberglass fabricator to complete a critical buoy project that was not going well at the previous shops. We found Sunbacker Fiberglass in the Yellow Pages, checked out your shop, people, and capabilities, and determined that you were capable of completing the work as needed. That job was not only completed on time and within budget, but the innovative ideas, improved methodology, and easy working relationship that were established, produced a far superior product than we had ever received in the past.

Subsequently, through the government requisition process you were successful in competitively bidding for the fabrication of many ATLAS buoys and for the development of the new DART buoys. These were built with few drawings or specifications. The success and the international acclaim of the US Tsunami Warning buoy systems is testimony to the quality of work, as those buoys are still in service in the North Pacific!

More recently your work on PICO, the next generation ocean observation buoy system, has been extremely valuable to PMEL and to the ocean community. The new materials and methodologies employed are a complete departure from traditional ocean buoy design. Again the buoys have withstood the severe punishment of prototype testing and deep-water deployments have proven the worthiness of that work. All buoy hulls, components, and modifications have been completed on time and within budget.

As a private consultant I am pleased to recommend Sunbacker for any buoy work the government may need.

Respectfully,
Hugh Milburn Oceanographic Engineer

Milburn, 16255 37th NE Lake Forest Park, WA 98155           206.818.6183

 

NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

National  Data Buoy Center:  Letter of Recommendation

Douglas Maxwell
Operations Manager (Acting)
TAO Project Manager
Science Applications International Corporation
National Data Buoy Center
Bldg 3203
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
(228) 688-2422

To Whom it May Concern:

I would like to take this opportunity to express my extreme pleasure and confidence in the fiberglass products and solutions produced by Sunbacker Fiberglass Incorporation.

Sunbacker has been the mainstay of Tropical Atmosphere Ocean (TAO) buoy torroids production and delivery for several years. Al’s fiberglass product has been delivered on time, within scope and found to be extremely durable in the harsh oceanic environment of the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

The quality of work has been outstanding and Al’s customer service has been above and beyond. Sunbacker has taken the extra time to listen to the customer, develop cost-cutting and effective solutions and then present them in a timely and efficient manner. These qualities were not part of the contract but they are just the mark of high standards that this company wants to adhere to.

Please contact me for further information on this matter.

Douglas J. Maxwell

 

National Data Buoy Center

Alaska Canoe Experience:  Letter of Recomendation

Al Lewis and his crew at Sunbacker Fiberglass crew are highly recommended

By myself, Marvin Oliver and our company Alaska Eagle Arts.  Al Lewis is passionate and dedicated to his business.  He approaches his clients with professionalism at all levels:  personable, precise, experienced, communicative, flexible, accessible and a terrific problem solver!  The shop is clean, organized and large enough to manage large projects.

Personally,  I had exhausted all my efforts in finding a business that was

capable of manufacturing my 36’ canoe.  Fiberlay of Seattle highly recommended I go visit Al Lewis and Sunbacker Fiberglass.  Five canoes later in both fiberglass and carbon fiber I am very pleased.  I look forward to other projects with Al Lewis.  I know the job will run smooth, timely and within the price quote.

Marvin Oliver
Alaska Canoe Experience

Alaska Canoe Expereince – LOR

Contact

Sunbacker Fiberglass, Inc.
Alfred G. Lewis

Physical address:
17453 147th St. SE, # 1
Monroe, WA 98272 USA
Phone: 360-794-5547
Fax: 360-794-5693
al@sunbacker.com

Mailing address:
14751 N. Kelsey St. Ste 105-565
Monroe, WA 98272 USA

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