Boston Whaler received the 2015 Job Creator Award from Florida Gov. Rick Scott at Enterprise Florida’s board meeting on Aug. 20.
The award recognizes Florida businesses that have created a significant number of jobs during the last year.
It comes on the heels of an 18-month expansion at Boston Whaler's Edgewater plant, which resulted in more than 120 new jobs. Boston Whaler has more than doubled its workforce at the Edgewater facility since 2010 and now employs more than 600 there.
“Boston Whaler has always been committed to the highest quality of manufacturing and hiring the very best workers to achieve that quality,” Boston Whaler director of human resources Brandon Beck said in a statement.
Beck was on hand to accept the award at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra.
“We value being able to contribute to the marine industry and the overall economic health of the state of Florida,” Beck said. “This award is a huge honor for us.”
Scott visited the expanded Edgewater facility in May.
“Boston Whaler is one of many companies that have recognized Florida as the best place to grow their business,” he said at the time. “Job creators like Boston Whaler growing in our state has resulted in more than 841,000 new jobs since December 2010, which means more Floridians are able to provide for their families. We will keep working to support this growth so Florida can become the global destination for jobs.”
The Whaler facility expansion added more than 58,000 total square feet to help production of the new 420 Outrage and the Innovation Award-winning 320 Vantage, both introduced domestically within the past 10 months.
“Boston Whaler has been able to grow our portfolio of unsinkable boats, due not only to our facilities expansion but also to the higher number of skilled hands on deck,” Boston Whaler president Huw Bower said. “Each new person contributes to our mission of creating legendary boats for Floridians and boaters around the world.”