New Zealand’s Profile Boats to build in U.S.

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Profile Boats announced that its aluminum-chamber boats will be built under license with Mountain View, Ark.-based Excel Boats. The Napier, New Zealand, company said it signed an agreement with Excel to manufacture Profile models in Excel’s new Tennessee plant for sales and distribution across North America. The U.S.-built boats will be marketed under the Profile brand.

“These are unique boats designed in New Zealand to cope with the toughest seas in the world,” Excel CEO Glenn Foreman said in a statement. “These boats will be built in the U.S.A. to the exacting standards and quality of the Profile Boats brand and will give the North American consumer the option to buy a U.S.-built, aluminum-chamber boat.”

Brian Firman, managing director of Profile Boats, said the line was initially designed as a “safer beach-launching vessel” but has developed into diving and fishing boats, as well as charter vessels. “The inherent safety of the unique aluminum-chamber design offers superior stability and makes all Profile boats virtually unsinkable,” he said in the statement.

Production will be at the Excel Boats plant in Union City, Tenn. “We expect to be building boats in the spring of 2020,” Foreman said.