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Scout Boats expands its South Carolina manufacturing plant

Scout Boats has built a 24,000-square-foot plant addition at its South Carolina headquarters that includes a 1,100-square-foot paint booth.

“The expansion is twofold,” Scout CEO and founder Steve Potts said in a statement. “We’re keeping up with demand of our models, as well as continually looking at how we can streamline our production operations for better efficiency.”

The additional 24,000 square feet, referred to as Plant C, increases the size of the facility from 187,000 square feet to 211,000. Scout’s new flagship 420 LXF and its 2016 380 LXF will be produced in Plant C.

Plant A will continue to produce models from 17 to 25 feet. Plant B will produce models from 27 to 35 feet.

“Our new spray booth will allow us to custom-paint our boats and engines, something customers are demanding more and more,” Potts said.

Potts discussed the $2.5 million expansion in detail with Trade Only in November.

“The new facility we’re building, which is going to be Plant C, is 25,000 square feet and it will build only the 42 and the 38,” he said at the time. “The reason we have segregated those two boats — we have separate stockrooms, separate management, separate offices, separate everything — is because the methodology in building the small boats versus the large boats is different.”

During the expansion, Scout has been increasing its workforce and is now at a level surpassing pre-recession times.

“The introduction of our new, innovative models, as well as our continued business focus companywide to build the best boats in our niche, have both afforded us the opportunity to see increased demand for our product, the expansion of our brand itself and the ability to hire back our workforce post-recession,” Potts said.

“Between the need to grow and the number of people coming to us wanting to work for Scout because of the product we produce and the way we produce it, our employee count is higher now than it was pre-recession. To us, that speaks volumes.”

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