The facilities expansion comes as part of a $10 million investment by the company into new products, technologies and capabilities. Additionally, Whaler has created more than 120 jobs in the last 12 months. Were committed to the Edgewater community and thrilled to be in a position to create employment opportunities, said Bower.
In a speech reflecting the theme of gratitude, Bower went on to thank the many organizations that contributed to the expansion, including Brunswick, Boston Whalers dealer network, the loyal family of Whaler customers worldwide, partners including Mercury, and several key individuals. Project manager Mark Essig, who oversaw the eighteen-month project, was presented with a gift and special acknowledgment. Longtime employees including Danny Ryan, Whalers longest employee with over 41 years at the company, were asked to wield the golden scissors in the ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside Bower and Schwabero.
To achieve such a high level of success in the face of a difficult economic climate is a point of pride, yes but moreover its a testament to the fantastic employees who make it possible, Bower said. The credit is all yours; you are the finest marine team in the world.
Following the ceremony and opening presentations, guests at the event were treated to tours of the new facility as well as test rides of popular Boston Whaler models.
For nearly 60 years, Boston Whaler has been at the forefront of the boating industry, committed to progress in terms of how we can improve the boating experience, said Jeff Vaughn, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. Versatility, reliability and simplicity: these are the core strengths of every Boston Whaler, and these are the areas in which we will continue to push the envelope. The Edgewater facilities expansion further demonstrates our dedication to helping our customers enjoy the very best that boating has to offer.