Boat manufacturer expands, adds 300 jobs in Summerville

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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Scout Boats Inc., a manufacturer of sport fishing boats, is expanding its Dorchester County facility, according to a release from Governor Haley's office.The expansion will add an additional 30,000 square feet onto its 182,000-square-foot facility at a cost of about $2.5 million. The expansion is expected to add 300 jobs to the area."Scout Boats is very proud that here in Summerville, S.C. are some of the most skilled craftsmen in the world of recreational boat building," said president and CEO Steve Potts. "Our Premium brand is sought after around the world by some of the most discriminating boaters."The new facility will build composite parts for their LXF series and component parts for the 275 & 320 Dorado series."Scout Boats is a great example of South Carolina-grown entrepreneurship. They began here in our state, and they continue to grow and strengthen our economy." said Gov. Haley. "We congratulate them on their $2.5 million investment and 300 new jobs." According to the release, Scout Boats was founded in 1989 and can now be found in 72 dealers across the world."When a business begins in South Carolina and grows the way Scout Boats has, it sends the signal that we are a place that fosters new developments and manufacturing innovations," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. "We appreciate Scout Boats' commitment and long-standing relationship with Dorchester County and our state."The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project."We are delighted to see that Scout Boats not only decided to put their roots in Dorchester County, but has also chosen to expand here as their business continues to grow," said Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill Hearn. "The success of Scout Boats is a testament to the thriving marine sector in Dorchester County and we are happy to continue our partnership with Scout Boats."Officials say the expansion should be complete by February of 2015.
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