About Us

Our story begins in 1952 when our founder, Walter Zimmerman, established Marine Mart in Port Isabel, TX. Shortly after acquiring his first boat in 1960, Walter, a hard-working engineer, decided he could design a better shrimp boat trawler, and he built his first shrimp boat in 1961. Walter quickly became a pioneer in the design and construction of shrimp trawlers, and under his leadership our company built over 300 shrimp boats between 1961 and 1999.

Texas Gold shrimp was established by Les and Larry Hodgson in 1977, and since 1979 Texas Gold shrimp has been distributed throughout though United States. Starting in 1986, the Zimmerman family fleet has been the exclusive producer of shrimp for Texas Gold. In 2015, the Zimmerman family’s company Co-Pak acquired the Texas Gold brand from the Hodgson brothers. We are now one of very few companies that is completely integrated in the shrimp industry because we own and operate our own fleet of boats, own our brand (Texas Gold) and are co-owners of our processing and packaging plant.