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Fishing boat maker reopens plant to meet ‘unprecedented’ demand


Fishing boat manufacturer Boston Whaler is reopening its manufacturing plant in Flagler County, Florida to meet ‘unprecedented’ demand.

The move will increase production by 40% and create more than 400 jobs at the 225,000 square-foot facility over the next two years.

The 63-year-old company is part of the Brunswick Group, whose CEO, David Foulkes, and President, Aine Denari, joined Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler in a breaking-ground ceremony at the site.

“This manufacturing expansion is an exciting step for Brunswick and Boston Whaler as we look for immediate opportunities to meet the global demand for our products and work to replenish inventory pipelines,” said Stickler. “We are equally excited to bring hundreds of new jobs to Flagler County in support of the growing economy.”

Boston Whaler has invested more than $60 million in manufacturing new products since 2014. It has also expanded its manufacturing capacity by 75% at its current 550,000 square-foot global headquarters. The first boats will come off the production line at the Flagler Operations facility in the second half of 2021.

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