Gunboat celebrates new North Carolina factory

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Gunboat opened its new catamaran production facility last Friday in Wanchese, N.C.

The yard’s first project is the Nigel Irens-designed Gunboat 55.

“We are so grateful for the labor force here. The can-do attitude of this island area is unbeatable. We could have set up shop anywhere. We chose Wanchese. We will do our best to meet everyone’s expectations. We’re incredibly grateful for the warm welcome to the community, and the outpouring of support. This is a very special area,” Gunboat founder Peter Johnstone said in a statement.

Johnstone also cited the area’s long fishing and sportfish-producing history as a key element in the decision to relocate to the area.

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue's office, the state Department of Commerce, the Boating Services office of the state's Small Business Technology Development Center and the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center played an integral role in Gunboat’s relocation effort, finding suitable sites, securing key grants to refurbish state property and assisting at each step, the company said.

Gunboat said a number of contracts have been secured and 20 people are already employed, with plans for as many as 70 in the coming years.

Gunboat is the sister company of Gunboat International, which is based in Rhode Island.

Related

Yanmar Names Power Solutions Division Manager

Carl J. Micu will oversee sales and the development of long-term growth plans.

Lippert Components Rebrands

The company’s core line of marine, RV and commercial products, including Lewmar and Taylor Made, will be branded as Lippert.

‘A Strong Finish to a Strong Year’

Booming demand for boats continued as the year ended, with the industry posting the highest number of sales since 2007.

Culture Summit 2.0

Correct Craft will gather “organizational culture drivers” for its second summit, which will take place virtually March 3.

Quick Hits: January 22, 2021

B.A.S.S. now taking noms for ‘21 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team and Yacht Sentinel teams with Fountaine Pajot to equip its lineup with connected boat technology.

Teak Isle Expands Operations

The Florida-based manufacturer purchased a 45,000-square-foot facility and two additional CNC routers.