Boatbuilder starts up operations in South Carolina

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Sportsman Boats Manufacturing, a new builder of saltwater fishing boats, announced plans Wednesday to establish its new facility in Dorchester County, S.C.

The $2 million investment is expected to generate 30 new jobs.

“We are pleased to begin operations in South Carolina’s Lowcountry area. Dorchester County has provided us with an excellent business environment and we look forward to building boats here. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” Sportsman Boats Manufacturing co-owners Tommy Hancock and Dale Martin said in a statement.

The company will produce boats ranging in size from 20 to 25 feet and will initially build deep-vee center consoles and bay boats. It expects to begin manufacturing operations next month.

“We are talking with companies every day about bringing investment to South Carolina, but it’s always very exciting to see a company start its operations in the Palmetto State. We celebrate Sportsman Boats Manufacturing’s decision to establish its plant in Dorchester County and create 30 new jobs,” Gov. Nikki Haley said in a statement.

The state’s Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved the company for job development credits, which will be available when hiring targets are met. The South Carolina Technical College System will provide pre-employment training.