For Immediate Release
July 18, 2014
Sportsman Boats Manufacturing to double size of
investment expected to create 150 new jobs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sportsman Boats Manufacturing, a
manufacturer of saltwater fishing boats, is more than doubling the size of its
existing facility in Dorchester County. The $3.5 million investment is expected
to create 150 new jobs.
facility located on 113 Isaac Way in Summerville will be expanded by
approximately 116,000 square feet to accommodate growing demand of the
company’s product line.
Sportsman’s product offering currently includes 10 models ranging in
size from 20-25 feet that are center consoles, bay boats and dual console boats
designed for saltwater enthusiasts. The
company plans to launch several new models in the near future.
Those interested in a position with Sportsman may apply in person or
send their resumes to P.O. Box 2100, Summerville, S.C. 29484.
The Coordinating Council for
Economic Development approved job development credits and a $200,000 set aside
grant for the project.
"We are excited about the future here in South Carolina and
Dorchester County. 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. We look forward to many
years of successful manufacturing here in South Carolina." -Tommy Hancock, co-owner of Sportsman Boats
“We are pleased with the help and support Dorchester County Economic
Development has provided for us over the past two and a half years and
arelooking forward to a very successful future with their continued help.” –Dale Martin, co-owner of Sportsman Boats
is a great South Carolina company and represents the
strong entrepreneurial spirit the people of our state have. We commend
their $3.5 million investment, which will create another 150 jobs in Dorchester
County and look forward to their continued success in the Lowcountry and
throughout South Carolina.” –Gov. Nikki
“Sportsman began in South
Carolina only two years ago and is already doubling its footprint – further
proving that we are just right for business and just right for new developments
and manufacturing innovations. If this is how much they have grown in just two
years, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Sportsman and South
Carolina’s business relationship.” –Secretary
of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“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.” –Bill Hearn,
Chairman Dorchester County Council
FIVE FAST FACTS
- Sportsman Boats Manufacturing is more
than doubling the size of its existing facility in Dorchester County.
- The$3.5 million investment is
expected to create 150 new jobs.
- The74,000-square-foot facility located
on 113 Isaac Way in Summerville will be expanded by approximately 116,000 square feet.
- Sportsman’s product offering includes 10
models in the following categories: center consoles, bay boats and dual
console boats – the company plans to launch several new models in the near
- Applicants interested in a position with Sportsman may apply in person or send their resumes
to P.O. Box 2100, Summerville, S.C. 29484.
About S.C. Department of
As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of
Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies
to South Carolina such as Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Monster.com, ZF
Group, BMW and Google Inc. and also supports small and existing business, rural
development initiatives and community development. 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. South Carolina ranked first in the nation for
attracting jobs through foreign investment, according to IBM-Plant Location
International reports in both 2012 and 2013. The state won the Gold Shovel
Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012. For
more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.
Allison Skipper, APR
Director of Marketing &
South Carolina Department of