Century expands boatbuilding plant

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Century expands boatbuilding plant 
Despite a challenging year in which it saw a reduction in its workforce, Century Boat Company is entering the final stages of a 20,000-square-foot capital expansion project that will position the manufacturer for increased capacity and efficiency in the future.

The factory’s production lines now will have a separate mold rotation area, as well as a state-of-the-art air make-up system in its grinding area. This new addition will allow Panama City, Fla.-based Century to spread out the current production lines and add additional production lines and capacity in the future.

"The expansion will allow us to look at larger boats in the future, as well as putting us in a better position to compete when the economy gets on a more even keel; which it will," said Dean Burnett, vice president/general manager, in a statement.

Burnett said the last year has been challenging for the company and many saltwater boatmakers, and because of that Century has reduced its workforce by about 40 people.

“June is typically a slow month for orders for the marine industry and this June it is especially true. Although Century will be open during the month of June, we will take advantage of this slow period and shut down the lamination area of our factory to complete the refit,” he said.

“All of our other departments will be open for business as we prepare for our July dealer meeting and the launch of our 2009 lineup,” Burnett added.

Burnett said both Century, and its parent company, Yamaha Motor Corp., have several new products available for 2009, which should help to renew and strengthen interest in boating and fishing.

Related

Everglades Expands Executive Team

The Edgewater, Fla.-based manufacturer adds positions in finance, sales and marketing and operations.

Heed Caution While Refueling

Ethanol can be back in a big way, and insufficent labeling at the pumps could lead to problems for your marine powerplant. And the MRAA’s voices support for the 30 by 30 initaitive.

Training the Next Generation

Crest Pontoons will donate a complete boat and trailer to a local high school’s raffle to raise money for its vocational programs.

An “Above Average” Hurricane Season

BoatUS wants to help boaters get ready for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1.

Webasto Produces 8,000th Marine Roof

The German company designs and builds a number of glass roof solutions for boats.

A Strong Q2 for Johnson Outdoors

With jumps in nearly all its business segments, the recreation manufacturer saw net sales increase by 26 percent.

Thrust Issues

Is it time for the industry to standardize trolling motor ratings?