Bentz is back

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Earl Bentz, founder of Stratos and Triton boats, will be launching a new boat brand called Caymas Boats. The company plans to invest $30.3 million in the former Triton facility in Ashland City, Tennessee, and hire 280 workers over the next five years.

Bentz and state officials in Tennessee recently held a launch ceremony to announce the new company.

“All of us at Caymas Boats are thrilled to bring fiberglass boat building back home to Ashland City,” Bentz said in a statement. “I’m especially proud that many area craftsmen who formerly built Stratos, Javelin and Triton boats have already signed on to the Caymas workforce. These highly skilled men and women already have decades of boatbuilding expertise, assuring that Caymas boats will lead the marine industry in quality and innovation.”


Bentz plans to build saltwater bay boats up to 27 feet in length, and fiberglass bass boats up to 21 feet long, with more models to be announced in the future. The company anticipates production will begin in February 2019.

Bentz recently acquired a building and lot adjacent to the former Triton facility in Ashland City, which was vacated after Bass Pro Shops moved Triton production to Springfield, Missouri. The combined facilities will total 13.5 acres, according to The Tennessean.

“In Tennessee, we take pride in the fact that we have a skilled workforce that still makes things,” Governor Bill Haslam said in the statement. “The creation of more than 280 quality job opportunities for Tennesseans will provide a tremendous boost for Cheatham County’s residents and the local economy.”