Scout's Summerville, South Carolina headquarters has undergone a 24,000 square-foot plant addition, including a 1,100 square-foot paint booth, to expand its manufacturing facility.
"The expansion is two-fold,' says Scout CEO and Founder, Steve Potts. "We're keeping up with demand of our models, as well as continually looking at how we can streamline our production operations for better efficiency.'
The additional 24,000 square-foot addition, referred to as ‘Plant C', increases the current facility size from 187,000 square feet to 211,000 square feet. Scout's new flagship 420 LXF and it's 2016 380 LXF will be produced in Plant C, while Plant A will continue to produce models from 17 to 25 feet in length. Plant B will produce models from 27 to 35 feet.
"Our new spray booth will allow us to custom paint our boats and engines, something customers are demanding more and more,' adds Potts.
During the construction expansion, Scout has been increasing its work force, which it says is now at a level surpassing pre-recession times.
"The introduction of our new innovative models, as well as our continued business focus company-wide to build the best boats in our niche, have both afforded us the opportunity to see increased demand for our product, the expansion of our brand itself, and the ability to hire back our work force post-recession,' says Potts. "Between the need to grow and the number of people coming to us wanting to work for Scout because of the product we produce and the way we produce it, our employee count is higher now than it was pre-recession. To us that speaks volumes.'
Scout builds sportfishing, fish n' ski, walkaround, flats and bay boat models ranging from 17 to 42 feet in length.