North Carolina sportfish builder plans move to larger facility

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Onslow Bay Boatworks plans to increase production.

Onslow Bay Boatworks plans to increase production.

Onslow Bay Boatworks plans to erect a new facility in Holly Ridge, N.C. The builder of center consoles from 27 to 33 feet currently is headquartered in Hampstead, N.C.

The company told that it plans to erect a new 50,000-square-foot facility in Holly Ridge. It wanted a larger facility to expand production, as well as a new 41-foot fishing boat to be completed this year.

“We’re very excited,” Mayor Anita Dingler told the paper. “It is an all-around good thing for the Town of Holly Ridge.”

Onslow chose the location after searching out two other possible locations. The town offered a performance-based incentive grant of up to $46,125 for projected jobs and capital investment.

The town’s new industrial park is being developed, and the boatbuilder will bring a high-quality marine industry presence to become a centerpiece of the park.

The company has about 16 workers and expects to hire 30 more as it expands. Jessica Hayes, of Onslow Bay Boatworks, told the paper that its current facility is 22,000 square feet. The facility in Holly Ridge will allow space for expansion. Last year, the company built 24 boats, and Hayes expects production to reach 30 this year. In the first year of the facility, the builder plans to have 40 boats in production.