American Boiler Works president and general manager Barry Bogue has left the Everett company after 18 years.
It simply was time for a change, Bogue said.
Bogue joined the company in 1983 and helped lead it in the transition from being a supplier of products to the timber and paper industry. The plan was to diversify into new markets and new products.
The company, at 1111 13th St., now fabricates everything from tourist submarines in Hawaii to North Slope oil drilling rigs in Alaska. It also creates custom tooling for Boeing aircraft factories and Trident nuclear submarines.
"The boiler name doesn’t mean a whole lot anymore," Bogue said.
The company was able to make the transition because of the quality of its employees, he said. "That group of people has always impressed our customers in many different ways, and from time to time we impressed ourselves."
Bogue, 54, said he plans to take the rest of the year off before looking for a new job in fabrication. "It’s what I do, and it’s what makes me get up in the morning."
Co-owner Jim Anderson now runs the company.