Dorchester County boat manufacturer Freeman Boatworks heading to the White House


Freeman Boatworks, a Summerville-based manufacturer of performance fishing catamarans, will represent South Carolina in the third annual Made in America Showcase at the White House on Monday.

Businesses from each of the 50 states have been invited to display their products made and produced in the United States. Freeman Boatworks plans to showcase an American-made Freeman34VH during the event.

“We are honored and humbled by the opportunity to represent the state of South Carolina and Dorchester county in our nation’s capital,” Billy Freeman, founder of Freeman Boatworks said. “It’s surreal to think that our dream of building a better boat would result in an invitation to the White House. None of this would be possible without our dedicated hardworking employees and everyone in the Freeman Family.”

Founded by Billy Freeman in 2007, the company’s performance fishing catamarans are experiencing manufacturing growth consistently topping 30 percent over the past three years. Their rapid business growth and entrepreneurial start were credited for the company’s invitation to this year’s showcase.

Rep. Joe Cunningham said he was proud that Freeman Boatworks for being recognized in the annual event.

“Our vibrant marine manufacturing industry—exemplified in the stellar craftsmanship of Freeman Boatworks—supports jobs, boosts tourism, and are key engines of economic growth,” Cunningham said.

Dorchester County leads the state in marine manufacturing employment with five boat manufacturers calling the county home.

“Boat building is big business in Dorchester County,” County Council Chairman George Bailey said. “We’re proud to have Freeman Boatworks recognized on a national stage and proud of all the fine boats crafted in our county each day.”