Contender Expands Fla. Operations


Contender Boats is expanding its Homestead, Fla., operations with the purchase of a 100,000-square-foot facility in Fort Pierce, along Florida’s Treasure Coast, according to a news report at

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Contender said it plans to build its 22- to 32-foot center consoles at the former citrus-packing plant. The company will move half its production to Fort Pierce and introduce a new product line, according to the report.


“The county really stepped up to make this happen,” said Jill Marasa, vice president for business retention and expansion for the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County. “It was a real show of support for our marine industry.” 

“We are excited for this new chapter and look forward to becoming a part of the growing and expanding economy of the Treasure Coast,” said Joe Neber, president and founder of Contender Boats.


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