Fire destroys building at Key West Boats facility

Author:
Publish date:
The tooling building was reportedly a total loss. Photo courtesy of WECT.

The tooling building was reportedly a total loss. Photo courtesy of WECT.

A lightning strike is being blamed for a fire that destroyed the tooling building at the Key West Boats headquarters in Ridgeville, S.C. on Saturday night.

According to WECT, when crews from Dorchester County Fire Rescue arrived on scene at about 9:30 p.m., the tooling building was fully involved. The “highly flammable materials used in the boat production process” were blamed for the fire’s rapid spread.

Crews focused on protecting the remaining buildings at the facility and moved approximately 20 boats.

In a statement, Key West management said the tooling building was a total loss, but thanked the fire fighters, adding, “No other manufacturing buildings were damaged.” The company said that any employees displaced by the fire will be temporarily re-assigned to other departments.

Related

NMMA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Regulator Marine’s Joan Maxwell and Bill Watters of Syntec Industries will be honored at IBEX.

Brunswick Acquires SemahTronix

The supplier of wiring harnesses and other electrical assemblies will be part of Brunswick’s growing Advanced Systems Group.

Mercury, Navico Join Electric Race Series

The Brunswick Corp. subsidiaries will provide an e-powertrain and electronics for the new E1 Series, which will feature electric hydrofoil boats.

Rollick and Lightspeed Team Up on Dealer Support

The partnership will give LightspeedEVO dealers access to Rollick’s consumer analytics.

End of an Era

Leon Slikkers retires from Tiara while a new boat is planned.

On a Roll

A pair of new players in the gyroscopic stabilizer market.

Delta Blues

The economic impacts of the pandemic are showing.

To Post (or not To Post)

To post on social media — or not. Perspective counts.