Donzi, Pro-Line production headed to North Carolina

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Donzi Marine and Pro-Line Boats are closing their Florida plants in Sarasota and Crystal River to relocate to Washington, N.C., where parent company Liberty Associates LC builds Fountain Powerboats.

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North Carolina officials offered state and county economic grants as incentives to encourage the move.

Liberty has also announced plans to relaunch Baja as a stand-alone brand.

John Walker, the newly appointed vice president and chief operating officer of Liberty, said Donzi and Pro-Line boats will be produced in North Carolina by their own dedicated work forces.

"Sales, marketing and administration for both brands will continue to be run from our Florida offices," he said. "At the same time, the added production volume will significantly enhance manufacturing efficiency at the North Carolina plant, which has been fully operational since November of 2009 when Fountain emerged from bankruptcy under our ownership."

Production for both brands is expected to commence by late November. Officials say the move could bring more than 400 jobs to North Carolina.

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