A manufacturer of saltwater fishing boats is more than doubling its size of its Summerville facility in a $3.5 million investment, the governor's office announced Friday.
The expansion project is expected to add 150 new jobs in the area at its 74,000 square foot facility on Isaac Way, which is planned to be increased by an additional 116,000 square feet to continuing manufacturing its Sportsman boats line.
"Sportsman has experienced phenomenal growth in our first two and a half years in business with a current dealer footprint along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Miami, around the Gulf States into Texas and around the great lakes," co-owner Tommy Hancock said. "We look forward to many years of successful manufacturing here in South Carolina."
Sportsman Boats manufactures 10 models ranging in size from 20 to 25 feet that are center consoles, bay boats and dual console boats designed for saltwater enthusiasts, according to a release from the governor's office.
"In just three years, Sportsman Boats has grown from a startup company to a major employer in Dorchester County. We congratulate Sportsman Boats on their expansion and thank them for their continued partnership with Dorchester County." Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill Hearn said.
Additional models are planned in the near future, the release states.
"Sportsman Boats is a great South Carolina company and represents the strong entrepreneurial spirit the people of our state have," Gov. Nikki Haley said.
There is no word on when the new jobs will be filled, but applicants interested in a position with Sportsman may apply in person or send their resumes to P.O. Box 2100, Summerville, S.C. 29484.