Business Spotlight: Keeping cool with Viking Marine

A display of Cordova Outdoors products at Ace Hardware. (Aug. 6, 2021) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

The following Q&A was conducted with Mikie McHone, manager of Viking Marine.

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Viking Marine’s purpose is to facilitate and expedite the safety and reliability of the Southcentral commercial fishing fleet. Through proper knowledge and experience, their products and services are vetted with extreme prejudice by the environments in which they are called to perform.

How has the business changed over the years?

Viking is still a relatively new business, so we are constantly looking for ways to improve the store. Last year we changed our entire layout and expanded our electrical aisle. This year we added to our selection of boots, raingear and gloves and can now outfit the entire family, from infant up to 4X and Tall sizes and offer several styles just for women.

What are some new items or offerings you’re excited about?

We are very excited about becoming an exclusive dealer (along with our Ace Hardware store) for Cordova Outdoors, and will be carrying a selection of their hard and soft sided coolers, and drinkware. Cordova Outdoors is based in Nampa, Idaho and their products are designed to withstand Cordova’s rigorous outdoor lifestyle. Their hard coolers are made in America and are even bear resistant.

Center, from left, Cordova Outdoors owners Gentry Jensen and Jason Galloway address a gathering at The Powder House bar and grill. Based in Nampa, Idaho, Cordova Outdoors manufactures products including bear-resistant cooler chests and rugged drinkware and bags. The “mountain ridge” design featured on the company’s products is based on formations in the Chugach Mountains. Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

How does your business impact the community of Cordova?

Viking Marine is locally owned and offers another option when it comes to meeting the needs of our fleet and community. We are always looking to add products that meet the needs of our customers.

Anything else you’d like to share?

If you haven’t been to Viking lately, stop by and take a look around!

Viking Marine is owned by David and Bootslyn Roemhildt and managed by Mikie McHone and Brent Mapili. The business can be reached at 123 Harbor Loop Rd or at 907-424-7205.

Business Spotlights are prepared by the Cordova Chamber of Commerce and published in The Cordova Times to highlight Chamber member businesses. If you are a Chamber member and would like to be spotlighted or would like information on becoming a Chamber member contact Cobilynn at support@cordovachamber.com.