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Sailfish Boats Expands

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Sailfish Boats said it will invest more than $1 million in expanding its Cairo, Ga., manufacturing facility and grow its workforce by around 30 percent to meet demand for its products.

Georgia Gov. Brian P. Kemp made the announcement.

“Boating and water sports are big business in Georgia, creating opportunities in two of our critical industries — manufacturing and tourism,” Kemp said in a statement. “It’s a pleasure to see a Georgia-based manufacturer like Sailfish Boats continue to grow and create solid jobs.”

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Sailfish added nine dealers late last year for its lineup of center consoles, dual consoles and walkarounds from 22 to 36 feet.

“Our current and forecasted growth is the result of upcoming new-product introductions and development, a 35 percent increase of our distribution network and sheer market demand for offshore/inshore fishing boats,” Sailfish president and CEO Rob Parmentier said.

The company said it will add about 70 jobs and employ close to 200 people in southwest Georgia when the expansion is completed.

“Sailfish Boats is an amazing company in Grady County. … It is great to know that some of the best boats in the world are made right here in Cairo,” said Julian Brown, executive director of the Grady County Joint Development Authority.

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