The boating industry continues to crest with the more-buoyant economy.

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Those interested in a position with Sportsman Boat Manufacturing may apply in person at 113 Isaac Way or send resumes to P.O. Box 2100, Summerville, S.C. 29484.

At least 450 new jobs have been announced over the past two months near Summerville as two boat builders expand.

On Friday, Sportsman Boats Manufacturing said it will more than double the size of its facility and create 150 jobs to support its saltwater fishing boat line.

The announcement comes two months after Scout Boats said it would expand its operations and add 300 jobs to its 215.

Sportsman Boats plans to invest $3.5 million and expand by 116,000 square feet in the Dorchester County plant to accommodate growing demand of its product line.

The Isaac Way plant is currently 74,000 square feet and employs 107.

Sportsman's product offerings currently include 10 models ranging in size from 20-25 feet that are center consoles, bay boats and dual console boats designed for saltwater enthusiasts. The company plans to launch several new models in the near future.

"We are excited about the future here in South Carolina and Dorchester County," said Tommy Hancock, company co-owner. "Sportsman has experienced phenomenal growth in our first two and a half years in business with a current dealer footprint along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Miami, around the Gulf States into Texas and around the Great Lakes. We look forward to many years of successful manufacturing here in South Carolina."

Company co-owner Dale Martin said the help of Dorchester County's economic development office helped tremendously.

Gov. Nikki Haley hailed the expansion as another example of "the strong entrepreneurial spirit" in South Carolina.

"If this is how much they have grown in just two years, I can't wait to see what the future has in store for Sportsman and South Carolina's business relationship," state Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits and a $200,000 set aside grant for the project.

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