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Scout Boats to build $3 million development facility; hopes to add 100 jobs

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A new $3 million product development and engineering building is going up at Scout Boats Inc.'s manufacturing headquarters in Summerville. Provided

SUMMERVILLE — A new $3 million product development and engineering building is going up at Scout Boats Inc.'s manufacturing headquarters here.

The new facility is schedule to open in the spring of 2022.

About one-fourth of the two-story, 21,000-square-foot building will be dedicated to Scout’s research and development offices. The building will also house two new 5-axis routers for cutting new tooling and further advancement of the company’s design processes.

Fifteen new jobs will be created initially and the company plans to bring the total to 100 by the end of 2022.

“The new building "will allow us to house our research and development as well as our lead engineering teams under one roof here on campus,” Scout CEO Steve Potts said in a written statement. “This is an important move for us because it combines all of our product development teams and incredible minds in one place, allowing them to work together and perform more efficiently so we can continue to develop new and exciting products for our customers.”

Scout currently houses its research and development facility in one of four production buildings. Once the new facility is complete, that area will be allocated to additional light resin transfer molding space for composite parts. Process engineering offices will remain inside the four production buildings.

“Our manufacturing processes are part of our innovative edge in the industry,” Potts said. “I’ve always wanted to keep our processes in-house as much as possible so we could control our outcomes and product consistency, and this is the next evolution of our continued growth here at the plant."

Scout builds luxury sportfishing center console, dual console, luxury crossover and inshore/bay boat models. The manufacturer has roughly 435 employees at it's Summerville location and annual revenue of about $125 million.

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