Seastrike Plus Sport-Craft, importantly to Taylor County residents, equals more jobs.
"Sport-Craft has been shut down for quite a few years, so I'm not sure what labor pool is remaining from that, but as much from the local community that we can hire, we most certainly will," said Thomas Thies.
The Fort Lauderdale-based sport fishing boats manufacturer, Seastrike Boats, has bought the old sport-craft facility in Perry, combining both companies under the new name "S-One Marine."
"They are really going to emphasize the building over the long haul. This is not an endeavor that's going to be in trouble in a couple of years," said Taylor County's director of economic development, Rick Breer.
S-One Marine is expected to bring up to 150 jobs for local residents. In fact, the plant manager position is being filled by Perry native Claude Neely.
"He's very experienced, highly skilled, and that's why we felt very comfortable in bringing him on," said Thomas.
The company will not be fully operational until January, but several local residents are already employed.
"I just have about a half a dozen people cleaning up and straightening up. All of these are former employees of Sport-Craft," said S-One Marine production manager Claude Neely.
Thies says the number of local jobs could reach 200 within two years.
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