Armstrong Marine, Inc. will build its east coast welded aluminum boat manufacturing plant in Onslow County, North Carolina. The company plans to create 200 jobs and invest more than $8.4 million at its new facility near Swansboro.
Josh Armstrong, President and CEO of Armstrong Marine, Inc. realized that their existing manufacturing facility in Port Angeles, Washington, was not adequate to meet the expanding demands of the market and incurred substantial shipping cost to clients on the Eastern seaboard. “When we went in search of a strategic location for our second manufacturing facility, Onslow County and North Carolina welcomed us with open arms,” said Armstrong. “We decided to locate in the heart of the fleet concentration area and are excited to be able to better service U.S. markets, as well as export to foreign markets from our new plant near Swansboro.”
Armstrong Marine is a manufacturer of purpose-built welded aluminum boats, fire boats, dive boats, pilot boats, research vessels, interceptors and riverine craft for both military and industrial markets. The company’s high quality aluminum vessels are designed for customers demanding both high performance and durability.
The aluminum boat market is rapidly expanding, he added. Mariners across the globe recognize the superiority of welded aluminum due to its high strength to weight, low maintenance, and extreme durability. With more than two decades of experience, Armstrong Marine, Inc. develops products to meet the demands of the marine industry around the world.
“The manufacturing industry is a critical target sector for North Carolina, one that is becoming increasingly important to sustainable job and investment growth for the state,” said Gov. Pat McCrory. “Armstrong Marine, Inc. will be a great addition to Onslow County and its talented workforce.”