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Caymas Boats Plans Manufacturing Facility in Ashland City, Tennessee

Caymas Boats, a boat manufacturing company, will establish operations in Ashland City, Tennessee. The company plans to invest $30.3 million and create approximately 280 jobs during the next five years.

The company plans to renovate and upgrade two existing buildings on Highway 12 in Ashland City. The plant will initially manufacture saltwater bay boats up to 27 feet in length, and fiberglass bass boats up to 21 feet long. The company will add additional models in the future. The company anticipates that boat production will begin in February 2019.

“All of us at Caymas Boats are thrilled to bring fiberglass boat building back home to Ashland City,” Earl Bentz said. “I’m especially proud that many area craftsmen who formerly built Stratos, Javelin and Triton boats have already signed onto the Caymas workforce. These loyal and highly skilled men and women already have decades of boatbuilding expertise, assuring that Caymas boats will lead the marine industry in quality and innovation.”

According to state officials, Caymas Boats is a new company founded by Nashville-based marine executive Earl Bentz, who has a successful record of building boat companies in Tennessee. Beginning in 2019, Caymas Boats will manufacture a new line of premium fiberglass saltwater and freshwater fishing boats in Ashland City.

“In Tennessee, we take pride in the fact that we have a skilled workforce that still makes things,” Governor Bill Haslam said. “I’d like to thank Earl Bentz for his decision to establish a new boat manufacturing business in Ashland City. The creation of more than 280 quality job opportunities for Tennesseans will provide a tremendous boost for Cheatham County’s residents and the local economy.”

“By investing private capital and creating jobs, successful entrepreneurs like Earl Bentz are one reason for Tennessee’s strong economy,” Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “Caymas Boats’ $30.3 million investment underscores all the advantages Tennessee offers businesses, most importantly, our skilled workforce. We look forward to a long-lasting partnership with Caymas Boats in Middle Tennessee.”

“It is a true homecoming for Earl Bentz and a history making day for Cheatham County to open Caymas Boats in our industrial park,” Cheatham County Mayor Kerry McCarver said. “Today, we celebrate the announcement that Caymas Boats will bring more good paying, skilled jobs to Cheatham County. This investment should make it clear across the state that Cheatham County is open for business.”

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