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Sportsman Boats Manufacturing said it will begin hiring for the 50 new positions this month. Anyone interested in applying should go to:

sportsmanboatsmfg.com/Careers.html

A Dorchester County boat-making business is upgrading.

Sportsman Boats Manufacturing Inc. said Tuesday it is investing $2.35 million and nearly doubling its labor force as it expands and moves to a bigger factory.

The company is relocating to an existing building at 113 Isaac Way in Limbrose Industrial Park that will give it 72,600 square feet of space.

It current 40,000-square-foot facility is about two miles away on Spaniel Lane in Summerville’s Eastport Industrial Park.

The company said the larger space will enable it to increase production capacity and add new models to its lineup of fiberglass recreational fishing boats. It expects to complete the move by Labor Day.

“We are pleased with the success we’ve had here in Dorchester County and we’re looking forward to growing our operations here. This expansion is a big step for our company,” said Tommy Hancock, president.

Sportsman Boats plans to increase its payroll by about 50 employees over the next five years, the S.C. Department of Commerce said.

The company now has 55 workers making six models of center-console and bay boats that range in length from about 20 to 23 feet. The boats are sold through a network of dealers, including Hanckel Marine in West Ashley.

The manufacturer was started in Summerville about two years ago by Hancock and Dale Martin, onetime co-owners and founders of Sea Pro Boats in Newberry and Key West Boats in Ridgeville, respectively.

Hancock said their newest venture has benefited from the improving economy.

“Our segment of the market, which is the mid-market ... saltwater fishing boat, is doing well,” he said. “People are getting back out on the water and fishing and enjoying themselves.”

Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.