Hinckley reports uptick in production, hiring

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The production line at the Hinckley Co.'s plant in Trenton, Maine, presents a different picture now than it did six months ago.

Twenty-three jet boats are in production or on order, and the company is hiring back scores of employees laid off in the last year and a half, according to a report in the Bar Harbor Times newspaper

The turnaround began in the late summer and early fall of 2009, according to vice president of sales Phil Bennett.

"We started to see some people who said, yes, they had been hurt economically, but they were still whole," Bennett said. "They said, 'Life is finite so I'm going to enjoy what I have.'

"We never actually stopped producing boats," he added. "We always had boats to build, even during the lowest point, but we were down to two or three boats. Now, talk about a turnaround. We're in a situation where we have 23 boats either on order or being built."

The company has rehired approximately 100 people at the Trenton plant, and approximately 35 since January at the waterfront facility in Manset.

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