Brunswick Boat Group converts manufacturing facility

Daily Herald staff report

METTAWA -- Brunswick Corp.'s Boat Group will convert its Merritt Island facility in Florida into an Integrated Manufacturing Center, the company announced Tuesday.

The Integrated Manufacturing Center will employ approximately 130 people who will support the scale-up and ongoing production of certain high-demand boat models, such as the Sea Ray SLX 400 Outboard. In addition, the center will support all Boat Group facilities through production of certain precision parts, assemblies, upholstery and other components. The facility will also feature two, existing advanced milling machines to support more rapid and agile product development initiatives.

The facility had previously produced Sea Ray Sport Yachts and has been transitioning over the past year to become a hub of operations to support the growth and development of Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and other Brunswick boat brands.

"Having a facility of this scale with an experienced workforce and a demonstrated commitment to quality and craftsmanship is the fastest and most effective way for our company to provide for the incremental capacity needed for our business," said Huw Bower, Brunswick Boat Group president.

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