Scout Boats Expands Dorchester County Footprint

The designer and manufacturer of luxury boats plans to invest $11 million in a new 120,000-square-foot facility in Summerville, S.C.

By Laura Calugar

Dorchester-based Scout Boats is expanding its existing manufacturing facility. The company intends to make an $11 million investment in a new 120,000-square-foot facility designed to accommodate the company’s new 53-foot yacht model. Scout Boats is adding multiple new boat models to its product catalog, creating 370 new jobs in Dorchester County, S.C. Hiring for the new positions has already begun.

Located at 2351 Highway 78 West, the manufacturing plant is just off Highway 78. The 27-year-old company will benefit from an allocated $350,000 grant that was awarded to Dorchester County for road improvements associated with this project. As an incentive, the Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved job development credits.

“We’ve been a long-standing boat builder and employer in South Carolina over the past three decades. From our humble beginnings to now one of the most respected and innovative boat builders in the industry, we are proud of our heritage and excited about our future,” said Scout Boats Founder & CEO Steve Potts in a prepared statement.

According to the Post and Courier, the company’s last major expansion was in 2014, when it added 30,000 square feet to its 182,000-square-foot facility as part of a $2.5 million investment. Ranging from 17 feet to 53 feet lengths, Scout Boats’ products can be found in more than 70 dealers across the nation and the world.

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