Tracker Boats launches first craft from new Bolivar facility
Tracker Boats’ new manufacturing facility in Bolivar, Missouri, ‘launched’ its first boat this week – a Bass Buggy 16 pontoon.
The complex, just 10 minutes from the existing Tracker plant, features a converted warehouse and a new building, doubling the company’s manufacturing space.
As reported by Angling international in November, the expansion is expected to provide 300 new jobs.
Tracker is part of Bass Pro Shops’ White River Marine Group, which says the expansion has been driven by rising demand. The plant will produce Sun Tracker Pontoon Boats, the Bass Buggy 16, Bass Buggy 18 and the Party Barge 18.
“Bass Pro founder, Johnny Morris, revolutionised the boating industry in 1978 by introducing the world’s first professionally rigged and nationally marketed boat, motor and trailer packages. Forty three years later, it’s exciting to see this proud legacy carry on with this amazing new plant,” said Scott Ernest, President of the White River Marine Group.
Morris launched Tracker in 1978. Sun Tracker pontoons were introduced in 1983 and the Bolivar plant opened in 1988.