Contender Expands Fla. Operations

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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 tcpalm.com.

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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.

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“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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