Brunswick Expanding Boat Manufacturing Facility

To meet growing demand for boats 45 feet and larger, company will expand Navassa, N.C., facility and add 600 jobs.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A major boat manufacturer said Monday that it plans to purchase a manufacturing facility in the coastal town of Navassa and expand the work force there by about 600 in the next five years.

Brunswick Corporation said it will purchase the plant from KCS International, Inc. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The facility currently employs about 250 people.

State business recruiters promised Brunswick $4.36 million if the company meets its job creation targets. Gov. Mike Easley's office said Brunswick will invest $51.2 million during its expansion.

The average wage for the new jobs is $31,293, according to the governor's office.

Brunswick said it will use the Navassa facility to meet the growing demand for boats 45 feet and larger. The Chicago-based company also said it will close its Salisbury, Md., plant and transfer production to the new North Carolina facility.


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