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Zodiac plans expansion of RIB production

Zodiac of North America plans to double the size of its Summerville, S.C., plant and double production of its RIBs at the facility.

The plant will grow from 40,000 square feet to 80,000 square feet, president J.J. Marie told Soundings Trade Only this morning. He would not comment on the exact number of RIBs the company produces, but said it’s “several hundred” a year.

“A RIB is a more efficient boat, we basically use half the fuel of a rigid boat of the same size,” Marie said. “We use less horsepower, we’re lighter weight. So it’s therefore less expensive to buy because we have a smaller engine. You don’t need a big truck … to tow it; you can tow it behind a regular car.”

Zodiac manufactures and assembles Zodiac Pro, ProOpen and Yachtline product lines in the Summerville plant. Military and professional RIBs also are slated for production once the expansion is operational.

Marie said he expects the plant expansion will be complete in March or April.

Zodiac’s corporate offices are based in Stevensville, Md.

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