Boston Whaler announces Florida plant expansion

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Boston Whaler is launching a major expansion of its Edgewater, Fla., facility by adding 58,000 square feet.

The announcement comes shortly after the company said it would build its largest boat ever, the 42-foot Outrage, at the Miami International Boat Show.

"This expansion gives us the capability to continue to grow our portfolio," Boston Whaler president Huw Bower said in a statement. "We are proud to have introduced more than a dozen new boats in less than three years’ time and look forward to continuing this trajectory of innovation. Expanding the capacity of our facility underscores our commitment to continued growth and enables us to further expand our product line to meet the solid demand for our boats.”

During an interview with Trade Only Today at the New England Boat Show, Bower said the upcoming expansion was in part to accommodate the company’s upcoming 42-foot boat.

The Volusia County Council's decision to provide local financial support for Boston Whaler's participation in Florida's Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund program was an important component of the company's decision to expand its Edgewater facility. The QTI program is designed to encourage higher-skill job creation and foster economic growth.

“The Boston Whaler brand is internationally known for quality, and this decision to expand their manufacturing facility will provide residents with quality job opportunities," Volusia County economic development manager Rob Ehrhardt said.

"The creation of additional jobs helps the entire community," Edgewater city manager Tracey Barlow said. "Boston Whaler has been a very strong partner for our community and we look forward to a long and prosperous future with them."

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