Falcon Boats will invest $1.5 million to establish manufacturing and operations in Newberry County, South Carolina. The company, which plans to manufacture a new line of quality, affordable sportfishing boats, purchased an existing building, located at 750 Wilson Road. The firm expects to hire 35 associates over the next five years.
Initially established as Marine Pro in Irmo, South Carolina, the company previously specialized in boat repair and modification. However, following the vision of company President Stephen Walker and his two partners, Falcon Boats aims to make a significant impact on the bass fishing market. As avid fishermen with a combined 90 years of boat manufacturing experience, the leadership at Falcon Boats are in tune with what the modern fisherman, both competitive and hobbyist, want in a fishing boat.
The company has already begun manufacturing its first model, the F-215, a fast and stable design that handles rough water with ease.The 21-foot boat features an extra wide beam for added stability and a larger casting deck.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be building boats in Newberry again. We’re starting out small, and plan to grow as business allows, but we have high hopes of producing quality and affordable boats for many years to come,” said Waller.
“Falcon Boats’ decision to expand to Newberry County is a testament to the reputation South Carolina’s world-class workforce has built as one of the best in the world. This $1.5 million investment, creating 35 new jobs, is a huge win for Newberry and our entire state’s manufacturing industry,” Governor Nikki Haley said.
“We eagerly welcome another boat manufacturer to the Central S.C. Region. The announced capital investment and new jobs is a win for our community, stakeholders and citizens," said Mike Brenan, Chairman of Central SC Alliance.