Bags, products (private
label BCDs and gear bags) are advertised and sold under a variety of brand names
in the USA, Germany, Africa, England, Greece, Turkey, South & Central
Bags, is an Original Equipment
Manufacturer (OEM) of dive gear for national and regional SCUBA brands:
Amer-Sea gear sold direct to dive stores through its distribution company
(Hughco Sales Company):
OEM for the offshore drilling industry;
OEM to other
companies for specialty products in other industries.
SCUBA is the primary focus of the factory. Dura Bags,
was originally known for
its high quality, very durable gear bags, even though it has been making
buoyancy control devices (BCD's) since 1982.
Due to agreements with
customers, we cannot disclose the brand names under which our products are sold, except, of course, we do
acknowledge making Amer-Sea products.
The company was founded in 1979 by
Dennis and Linda Foster. The
corporate offices and factory are housed in 3 buildings in Homosassa, FL.
SCUBA was established to respond quickly to the independent
SCUBA Dealer by having product available for shipment within one to two business
was chosen as the new trademark in 2000 because of the confusion of
customers and prospective customers thinking "Dura Bags"
just made bags. In fact, the BC business is significant so a more
general name was selected.
All items are made using the same components, material, and workmanship as the private
label products. So, the items sold by HughCo are the same quality as the
nationally advertised versions.
Prior to 1998, stores often had to wait until the next production run before receiving their
items - possibly a month or more. Now, HughCo strives to have all items in inventory ready to ship to
your store within 2 business days.
For the last 2 years, HughCo has shipped 90% of its orders on the same day, 95%
within 24 hours and 98% in 2 business days. Custom items and "surprise back
orders" require more time before shipping.
In addition to Dura Bags’ products, HughCo sells other products
obtained direct from other OEM manufacturers. These manufacturers also make SCUBA gear
for their own label and/or private label brands. HughCo may sell these items
"blank" or with the AMER-SEA