Boat maker to add jobs – Americus Times

Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2015 11:00 am

Boat maker to add jobs

Beth Alston

Americus Times Recorder

AMERICUS — The Americus Sumter Payroll Development Authority received some good news at its monthly meeting on Tuesday

Chad Roberson of H2O Sports Manufacturing, LLC, announced that their first dealer meeting, held July 18, at the Lake Blackshear Resort and Conference Center, was a huge success.

“We knocked it out of the park,” he said, adding that his company took 300 orders for boats at the meeting and will be hiring 12 to 15 additional employees in the next 30 days.

Roberson said the company, which opened here in October 2014, now has 20 dealers but will have 30 by year’s end. The company now employs over 30 full-time people and builds three lines of boats.

H2O’s sales are only domestic at present, “primarily Texas and eastward,” according to Roberson.

Although the company only started production in February, it now has $5.6 milion in backlog sales. Currently producing two boats per day, Roberson says with the addition of employees and molds, he hope to bring that number up to three or four.

An SBA loan for the company has been approved, he said, and should be funded next week.

“We have the orders, the people, and the money,” Roberson added enthusiastically. He also thanked the PDA for their support. “Hopefully we will continue to grow and hire more people.”

In her report, PDA Executive Director Barbara Grogan said her office has been “extremely busy” over the past 45 days with prospect visits. She said a prospect is coming back in “a month or two” to discuss leasing the spec building for storage.

Grogan also said she had set up interviews for Thursday and Friday for the Chamber of Commerce/PDA shared position for which she had received about 30 applications.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015 11:00 am.

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