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Scout Boats expands in Dorchester County

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Scout Boats Inc. is expanding its Dorchester County facility to meet domestic and international demand for its sport fishing boats, according to a news release from the state Commerce Department.

The boat manufacturer is building an additional 30,000 square feet onto its 182,000-square-foot facility. The company’s $2.5 million investment is expected to create 300 jobs.

Scout Boats plans to expand its Summerville facility to meet domestic and international demand for its sport fishing boats. (Photo/Scout Boats)

The expanded factory in Summerville will build composite parts for six boat models in the newly designed LXF series, as well as component parts for the new 275 and 320 Dorado series.

Founded in 1989 by President and CEO Steve Potts, Scout Boats are sold at 72 dealers around the world.

“Scout Boats is very proud that here in Summerville are some of the most skilled craftsmen in the world of recreational boat building,” Potts said in a statement.

Scout Boats has been involved with the Commerce Department’s export assistance program, which has helped the company make export connections in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Colombia and Australia.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits for the project.

“We are delighted to see that Scout Boats not only decided to put their roots in Dorchester County, but has also chosen to expand here as their business continues to grow,” said Dorchester County Council Chairman Bill Hearn.

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