Skeeter Boats said today that it established a new trailer factory.
The company said Skeeter Built Trailers will provide all of Skeeter’s boat production, starting in the third quarter this year.
As a part of the expansion, Skeeter will add as many as 35 new employees. They will be based in the 43,000-square-foot trailer factory in Kilgore, Texas.
“The expansion into the boat-trailer category was another step, with our overall focus on the vertical integration aspects of our business,” Skeeter Boats senior vice president Jeff Stone said in a statement.
“It is a natural fit for us to build custom-designed trailers for our Bass, Bay and Deep V boats,” Stone added. “With the addition of Skeeter Built Trailers, we are now positioned as an industry leader in delivering the total boat/trailer package to our customers.”
The company said production levels for the new Skeeter Built Trailers will match boat-production levels to ensure that each Skeeter boat and trailer are completed at the same time.
All 2018 Skeeter Bass and DV models will have a Skeeter Built trailer manufactured in the new Skeeter facility; all Bay boat aluminum trailers will be transitioned during the next 12 months.
Skeeter will use in-house designers for customization techniques, and the Skeeter Built factory will incorporate digital wheel and axle alignment technology. The company said Skeeter Built trailers are scheduled to hit the market this summer and will offer an industry-exclusive limited lifetime frame warranty.
Skeeter Products is a Yamaha company that builds performance fishing boats.