After 13 years as a customer of Watson Laminates, Tod Swank, founder and owner of Tum Yeto, Inc., has acquired the skateboard deck manufacturer. Charlie Watson will remain on as technical advisor and chairman of the board, along with the loyal and experienced Watson staff. Tum Yeto and Watson Laminates remain separate legal entities entirely. Watson Laminates will continue to provide premium OEM manufacturing to all its current customers as well as grow it services in categories and customers.
Watson Laminates was started in 1975 by Charles Watson. Watson was one of the first manufacturers to create a laminated skateboard deck when skateboards were foremost made out of blocks of wood. Watson did the prototypes for the first production laminated decks branded “Rockit Skateboards” in 1976.
Watson has made decks OEM for a huge list of the epic companies throughout the 70's, 80's, 90's and on into the new century. Caster, G&S, Sims, Powell, Flite, Powerflex, Z-Flex, Zorlac, SMA, NHS, Small Room, Brand X, Slam City, Titus, Vision/Sims, H-Street, Blockhead, Toxic and into the modern companies like Sector 9, Element, Zero, Gravity, Toy Machine, Foundation and Pig Wood.