Scout Boats wraps up expansion project in Summerville

Scout Boats CEO Steve Potts oversaw the Summerville company’s annual dealer meeting early last fall at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant.

Scout Boats has completed an expansion of its Summerville operation.

The company said this week that it added 24,000 square feet to its existing Dorchester County plant. The estimated $2.5 million investment gives Scout 211,000 square feet of manufacturing space off U.S. Highway 78.

“The expansion is twofold,” CEO and founder Steve Potts said in a written statement. “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.”

Scout’s newest and largest 420 LXF recreational boat and its 380 LXF will be made in the new space. The expansion includes construction of a 1,000-square-foot paint booth.

“Our new spray booth will allow us to custom paint our boats and engines, something customers are demanding more and more,” Potts said.

Scout has said it has been adding jobs, and that employment at the Summerville plant is up to about 265 workers, exceeding pre-recession levels.

Potts launched Scout on Bacons Bridge Road in 1989. Its high-end power boats are now carried at more than 75 dealers in about 25 countries. Demand for larger models fueled the latest expansion, the company has said.

Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.