Hann Powerboats, a small builder in Florida's Manatee County, garnered national attention as the only Florida company and one of just eight nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the 2011 annual report that the agency's trade promotion arm produced.
Led by Hann's recent $400,000 sale of military-style powerboats to a company from Nigeria, the local builder was featured by the Commerce Department for its exports, a segment of the business that has thrived during the past two years.
"We have some really good things happening," owner Russell Hann said. "We have some momentum now."
Hann Powerboats’ customers include the Air Force, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Navy and numerous private entities. The builder also recently announced three new 2012 recreational models; the Blue Lightning 32 power cat, the Threadfin 24 Center Console and the 13 Nano. Hann builds what it calls the “biggest center console on the market,” the Hann 50 Center Console.