Pro-Line, Donzi eye move to North Carolina

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Production of Pro-Line and Donzi boats may be moving from Florida to Fountain Powerboats' facilities in Washington, N.C., though officials at American Marine Holdings, which owns both boat lines, stressed that no final decisions have been made.

"[We're] still delving into the possibilities, looking at our options. We're in discussions with the economic development people in both Florida and North Carolina, but that's as far as the decision has been made thus far," John E. Walker, president of American Marine Holdings, told Soundings Trade Only.

"While the final decision hasn't been made, right now the lead horse in the race, if you will, would be Fountain since it's a more modern facility and it's right on the water and we are looking at manufacturing all of our products in one facility, but the decision has not yet been made," Walker said. "T's haven't been crossed, I's haven't been dotted, money hasn't been spent."

Walker said he has spoken with employees and explained the situation. He expects that a decision will be made by the end of the year.

Fountain and Baja boats are owned by Liberty Associates, which also is the majority shareholder of Donzi Marine and Pro-Line Boats.

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