Valhalla Boatworks said it completed the first expansion phase of its Mullica, N.J. boatbuilding facility, adding a 6,000-square-foot building to allow for increased production and better efficiency.
Since the center console model line was introduced in February of 2019, Valhalla’s center consoles — the V-33, V-37 and V-41 — have seen sales exceed 300 units. The flagship V-46 was added last summer, which prompted transferring Viking’s 38- to 46-foot models to the builder’s New Gretna plant.
“This first project, which we refer to as an 'infill,' is an expansion of our hull, stringer and egg crate area,” Viking general manager John Leek IV told Trade Only Today. “The additional square footage will allow us to better organize the manufacturing space for increased efficiency.”
Leek said the areas will be utilized to further streamline its build process, with a portion dedicated to prep and install fuel tanks, internal bulkheads and other components after hulls are pulled for its molds. In addition, the overhead crane system was extended into the new area, further facilitating the space’s flexibility and utility.
Phase II — which will add an additional 10,000 square feet — is expected to begin soon and be completed by next summer.
"This addition will give us the space we need to produce certain fiberglass parts (hatch lids and doors) that are built in New Gretna utilizing Light Resin Transfer Molding,” said Leek.