For Immediate Release
April 18, 2023
Scout Boats expanding Dorchester County operations
The company will invest $10 million in expansion
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Scout Boats, a leading luxury boat manufacturer, today announced plans to expand its Dorchester County operations with a new, $10 million investment. The investment will expand and renovate the company’s corporate headquarters and will facilitate the production of the new 67 LX series yacht, one of the largest outboard-powered sportfishing yachts to be built in the world.
Scout Boats, one of the top boatbuilders in South Carolina, designs and manufactures world-class, luxury models ranging currently from 17 feet to 53 feet, each packed with timeless innovations, technology and trendsetting features. The company’s portfolio includes custom, state-of-the-art sportfishing center and dual consoles, and inshore and bay boat models.
Scout Boats plans to enlarge its 36-acre campus by expanding and renovating its corporate headquarters located at 130 Spaniel Lane in Summerville. Scout Boats will build a new 35,000-square-foot facility, which will allow the company to build component parts for its yacht division and support its new product line for the 67 LX series, a 67-foot model that debuted at this year’s Miami International Boat Show in February.
Renovations are expected to be complete by spring 2024, and operations are expected to be online by summer 2024.
To learn more about Scout Boats and explore current career opportunities, visit the company’s website.
“We meet with the craftsmen and women in each of our four plants every month for award ceremonies, and I often remind them that we ship our boats all over the world to some very affluent customers who choose our brand because of the pride they put into each and every build. Congratulations.”
-Scout Boats Chief Executive Officer Steve Potts
“This announcement by Scout Boats is another win for Dorchester County. South Carolina’s boat manufacturing industry continues to thrive because of our world-class workforce. Congratulations to Scout Boats on its $10 million investment that will provide our people even more opportunities in Dorchester County.”
–Gov. Henry McMaster
“We have a long-standing partnership with Scout Boats and are proud to see its continued growth in Dorchester County. This expansion underscores not only the strength of South Carolina’s growing boat manufacturing sector but speaks to the ability of our workforce to produce luxury products that are available worldwide.”
-Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III
“Congratulations to Scout Boats on today’s expansion announcement. Since 1989 Steve Potts and Scout Boats have been important assets to Dorchester County. We are thrilled at Scout Boats’ newest commitment to our community, their employees and recreational boating. Dorchester County looks forward to supporting many more years of Scout Boats’ growing success.”
-Dorchester County Council Chairman S. Todd Friddle
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Scout Boats is expanding its Dorchester County operations.
- The company will invest $10 million.
- Scout Boats is a leading luxury boat manufacturer.
- The facility is located at 130 Spaniel Lane in Summerville, S.C.
- To learn more about Scout Boats and explore current career opportunities, visit the company’s website.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis – recognized by multiple economic development publications for its pro-business climate. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
Director of Marketing and Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce