BRP marks manufacturing milestone


Bombardier Recreational Products hit the 75,000-unit milestone at its sportboat manufacturing facility in Benton, Ill., as a 21-foot 2010 Sea-Doo 210 Challenger SE rolled off the line Feb. 11.

In operation since 1996, there are currently 362 people who work in the facility. The 398,264-square-foot building was recently upgraded with energy-efficient lighting systems and has a host of lean manufacturing tools.

"Despite our investments made in Benton and across all BRP sites, a company is only as good as its employees. Our people are empowered through a teamwork management approach that allows for continuous improvement generated at the plant floor level", said Alain Villemure, vice president and general manager of vehicle development and manufacturing operations, in a statement.

"Our employees show an unrelenting commitment to safety, quality and customer satisfaction. They are truly the best at what they do and are a credit to themselves and to BRP," he added.


A show before the shows?

Iconic Marine Group to hold client event at its North Carolina headquarters for sea trials and in-depth look at its boatbuilding facilities. A bonus will be meeting Reggie Fountain.