Bertram Yachts details expansion at Florida plant

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Bertram Yachts said it is expanding hiring and production at the plant in Tampa, Fla., that it opened 18 months ago.

In 2017 the builder delivered a series of new Bertram 35s, began production on a new 61-foot model and is planning a 50-footer that is projected to launch in 2019.

“We purchased this facility 18 months ago, and we have made huge improvements to the plant and equipment,” Bertram CEO Peter Truslow said in a statement. “We started 2017 with 30 employees, and now we are up to 85. We continue to add team members to all departments.”

There has been pent-up demand for the new generation of Bertram Yachts, and the company is building a workforce to support that demand on a long-term basis, Truslow said.

“Initially, we hired to staff the new Bertram 35 production line and establish our new Yacht Service Center,” Truslow said. “We are now hiring for our 61-foot production line. Sales of the 35-footer and buyer interest in the new 61-footer have been excellent.”


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The Florida facility that used to produce Sea Ray yachts is now building the Sundancer 350 and the SLX 400 Outboard.