A Washington state builder of welded aluminum monohull and catamaran fishing boats will build a plant in North Carolina to accommodate the growing aluminum segment.
Armstrong Marine will build the plant in Onslow County, N.C., creating 200 jobs and investing more than $8.4 million in the new facility.
Armstrong Marine president and CEO Josh Armstrong realized that the company’s existing manufacturing facility in Port Angeles, Wash., was not adequate to meet the expanding demands of the market and incurred substantial shipping cost to clients on the Eastern Seaboard.
“When we went in search of a strategic location for our second manufacturing facility, Onslow County and North Carolina welcomed us with open arms,” Armstrong told areadevelopment.com. “We decided to locate in the heart of the fleet concentration area and are excited to be able to better service U.S. markets, as well as export to foreign markets from our new plant near Swansboro.”
Armstrong Marine is a manufacturer of welded aluminum boats, fire boats, dive boats, pilot boats, research vessels, interceptors and riverine craft for both military and industrial markets, as well as recreational fishing boats.
The aluminum boat market is rapidly expanding, he told the website. Mariners across the globe “recognize the superiority” of welded aluminum because of its high strength to weight, low maintenance and extreme durability.
“The manufacturing industry is a critical target sector for North Carolina, one that is becoming increasingly important to sustainable job and investment growth for the state,” North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory told the website. “Armstrong Marine Inc. will be a great addition to Onslow County and its talented work force.”