Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Scout Boats, Inc. in Summerville is expanding by 30,000 square feet – and the expansion is expected to reel 300 job opportunities into Dorchester County.
The company is known for its luxury fishing and coastal boats, said Vice President of Operations Dave Wallace.
The company has been contemplating expansion for about a year now, after keeping a close eye on the economy.
“We’ve been watching the market,” Wallace said. “I think it’s time for us to move forward.”
Scout Boats is adding on to its 182,000-square-foot facility. Wallace expects the company to start building the expansion property in September.
The jobs that will be available are mainly factory positions, as well as engineering and management positions. The project will cost $2.5 million.
Wallace feels a big drive for the expansion has been an increase in demand for their product – mainly for its luxury center console fishing boats.
A new 42-foot model fishing boat is in the works, and is the latest model to date.
Scout Boats sells around 800 boats a year, Wallace said. He said he particularly likes the 350 LXF, the new flagship center console, but “probably all are my personal favorites.”
The 350 LXF goes for about $400,000.
Wallace said the company’s boats start at $20,000, but the price tag for that 42-footer coming this fall will be closer to $800,000. It will be the most expensive model to date.
Wallace, who has been vice president of operations for 15 years, said the company has been in Summerville since 1989 – making this year the company’s 25th anniversary.
“We’re very excited,” Wallace said. “Whenever we can bring jobs to the community we’re very excited to be a part of it.”
Wallace expects the expansion project to be complete in Spring 2015 – maybe sooner. However, the new jobs are expected to become available and filled over the next couple of years.
Wallace calls the company the “premier builder of South Carolina,” saying they sell higher-end boats all over the world.
The expansion project “is another phase of growth for the company,” he said.
“We’re glad to be a part of the community and bring jobs not only to the state but to Summerville,” he said.