Maverick Boats adds workers in Florida

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Florida's Treasure Coast boatbuilder Maverick Boat Co. is climbing back from the brink.

At its recent dealer meeting, owner Scott Deal said Maverick Boats sold out all of its production slots through January. Maverick, which only builds to order, will produce 600 boats for the 2012 model year, the TCPalm website reported.

After adding 25 workers during the last few months, Maverick now has 80 employees and plans to slowly add more.

“It's much more fun to dial up people and bring them back than to do the opposite,” Deal said.

He said some people who were laid off have been rehired and others are new. Most of the new employees are “avid boaters with other life and technical skills who are easy to train,” Deal said.

Maverick, which Deal founded in 1985, builds four brands of boats: Pathfinder, Maverick, Hewes and Cobia.

At the height of its operations Maverick had 200 employees at its Fort Pierce, Fla., plant and another 100 at a manufacturing facility in North Carolina. As the economy crumbled in late 2008, Maverick closed the North Carolina facility and consolidated its operations at its plant in the St. Lucie County Industrial Park.

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