Tidewater Boats is investing $8.3 million in its Lexington County operations and constructing a new production facility, moves expected to create 100 jobs.
The designer and manufacturer of saltwater boats produces 24 models, ranging from 17 to 32 feet. The company produced five models when it was founded in 2006.
“We are thankful to be able to keep our facility in the Midlands of South Carolina where government officials are working hard to give us the best resources available to aid in growth and add jobs,” Tidewater Boats General Manager Chris Martin said in a news release. “Our mission is to build a boat that is of great value and worthy of proud ownership. We accomplish this by utilizing historically skilled South Carolina craftsmen, the most advanced composite materials available and a classic, distinctive design that sets us apart from our competition.”
The new satellite facility at 1 Brickyard Road in Lexington will aid in modernized, streamlined production of larger boat models and allow production at Tidewater’s original site at 120 Glassmaster Road to expand.
“Tidewater Boats is a South Carolina company through and through, and one that the people of our state should be proud of,” Gov. Henry McMaster said. “Today, we celebrate this great company’s continued success in Lexington County and look forward to the many years of prosperity we know are in its future.”