Brunswick to open new fibreglass centre

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New Florida-based facility to develop products for Boston Whaler and Sea Ray.

Brunswick Corporation has confirmed plans for a new fibreglass boat technology centre in Edgewater, Florida, which will be focused on product development for the Boston Whaler and Sea Ray brands.

The move comes in the wake of last year's decision by Brunswick to keep the Sea Ray brand but close its manufacturing bases in Sykes Creek and Palm Coast, Florida. Boston Whaler's manufacturing is also based in Edgewater.

The 4,200m2 facility is expected to have 160 personnel involved in product development for the fibreglass boat market.

“Brunswick Corporation will create a commanding position in boat design and innovation with the formation of our world-class technology centre,” said David Foulkes, Brunswick Corporation CEO. “Over the last few years, we have established a strong foundation of cross-functional and cross-brand initiatives and investments that leverage the power of our enterprise.

“The Brunswick Fiberglass Boat Technology Center (BFBTC) is one of the essential building blocks for our future vision. We will continue to define, create and embody the future of recreational boating.”

The new centre is set to open in the third quarter of 2019. According to Brunswick, all brands in the company's boating portfolio will benefit from the centre's development work.

“Technology has completely changed the boating industry over the past decade, and both Boston Whaler and Sea Ray have been at the forefront of that change,” said Huw Bower, Brunswick Boat Group president.

“The entire Brunswick Boat Group will benefit from shared resources in the new technology centre, and there is a tremendous amount of growth opportunity for all of our brands.”

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