Boat manufacturer expands, brings 50 jobs to Summerville

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Sportsman Boats Manufacturing is moving into a larger facility. The $2.35 million investment is expected to generate 50 new jobs within the next five years.

"We are pleased with the success we've had here in Dorchester County and we're looking forward to growing our operations here," said Tommy Hancock, president of Sportsman Boats Manufacturing. "This expansion is a big step for our company. South Carolina has provided a great fit for our business and we appreciate all the support we've received from state and local officials."

The new 72,600 square foot facility is on Isaac Way next to Eastport Industrial Park. The company expects to be fully moved into the new facility by Labor Day.

"It's always exciting to see one of our existing businesses grow, and we're thrilled to see Sportsman Boats Manufacturing expand less than two years after first setting up shop in Dorchester County. We celebrate the company's decision to invest $2.35 million and create 50 new jobs in Summerville," said Gov. Nikki Haley.

According to the release, South Carolina has recruited more than $9 billion in capital investment and more than 23,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector since January 2011.

"South Carolinians know how to build things, and build them well. Sportsman Boats Manufacturing's expansion adds momentum to the Palmetto State's manufacturing renaissance, and we look forward to them continuing to grow and create jobs that will have an impact," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

"Expansion projects like this speak volumes for Dorchester County's reputation," said Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill Hearn. "Our boat manufacturing sector has seen continued growth over the last few years, and Sportsman Boats Manufacturing is no exception. We thank Sportsman Boats for partnering with Dorchester County and look forward to seeing their company continue to thrive in the future."

The company will begin hiring for the new positions this month. Anyone interested in job opportunities should visit the company's careers web page at