Anticipating demand, Cigarette is in 'high gear'

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Cigarette Racing Team hired 19 employees, and company officials say production is ramping up. Some of the boatbuilding workers were brought back after last year's layoffs and some are new hires, the company said.

The 150,000-square-foot factory is working in "high gear," according to company president and CEO Skip Braver.

"We have seen the need to keep our factory running and producing, anticipating the pent-up demand we now have for our custom-built boats," Braver said in a statement. "Though we saw some softening of the market last year, we stayed lean and mean, and we're now in an accelerated mode. Our boat workers are a very special group. They have distinct skills that are hard to find, and we're glad to welcome them back."

The company said it is also preparing for a sizable display at February's Miami International Boat Show.

"The Miami show holds much tradition for Cigarette, and we will be prepared with new boats and innovation for our customers," Braver said.

Cigarette builds custom deep-vee performance powerboats from 38 to 50 feet.

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