VMA2020 | Celebrating 100 Years of Maritime Growth



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VMA2020 is an Opportunity

“It’s a very exciting year coming up in 2020, the VMA is reaching 100 years…a phenomenal event. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to show our appreciation for what the port has offered us over the years,” shares Kenny Crofton, owner and president of Crofton Industries.

At Crofton Industries, Business at the Port is a Family Affair

The Crofton family’s connection with the maritime industry runs as deeply as any channel in our harbor.

What began in 1949 as Crofton and Morris Diving, a commercial diving business, is now Crofton Industries, a full-service operation with the largest heavy lift crane in the area, barge and tug services in addition to commercial diving, crane and rigging and marine construction.

Through all the change, the Crofton family has remained at the center.

Juan F. Crofton founded the business after World War II, and today his four children steward Crofton Industries. Several third-generation family members also work for the Portsmouth-based company. Crofton employs 175 people and, of that number, 45 are divers who provide an array of services to port-related businesses in Hampton Roads as well as nationally and internationally

Crofton Industries handles a variety of challenging assignments, most recently in July 2018 when a tractor-trailer flipped over a guardrail on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Crofton deployed its dive teams along with barge, tug, crane and rigging services to bring the truck to the surface. At shipyards, naval installations and ports in Hampton Roads and elsewhere, Crofton is always there to provide its unique skillset and expertise.

Because the firm relies so heavily on maritime commerce, it decided to support the VMA’s 2020 campaign as a Milestone sponsor ($7,500). “The Port has been so good to our family, and we understand how vital it is to our region and the state,” says Kenny Crofton, one of the owners. “The sponsorship is a small token of our appreciation.”

Kenny is on the VMA board and has also attended the VMA’s lobbying day in Richmond. He knows port-related business remains strong thanks to the diligent efforts of the VMA.

“It’s an exciting year for the VMA. One hundred years is a major accomplishment,” says Crofton. “Anybody who works in the port industry as we do should consider lending their support and being part of the celebration."

“Anybody who works in the port industry as we do should consider lending their support and being part of the celebration."

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Ashley McLeod

Ashley McLeod

Vice President of Communications and Membership
Virginia Maritime Association
(757) 628-2678

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