BEAUFORT, NC – (January 8, 2020) – Parker Boats and Correct Craft held a groundbreaking ceremony today, announcing future plans for the Beaufort, North Carolina-based boat manufacturer to expand its facility and improve its operations. The new, 10,000 sq. ft. facility will include an area for the gelcoat and mold maintenance processes and will generate 25-30 new jobs in the Eastern NC area.
The new facility will be built adjacent to Parker’s existing 225,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant and will help speed along the gel coat and mold maintenance processes. The gel coat is the first layer applied in the boat building process. Mold maintenance is a rigorous inspection of the boat mold, ensuring zero defects while waxing the surface of the boat mold. The expansion will improve production processes and flow and will offer Parker customers new boat model options as well as enhancements to existing models.
Linwood Parker, Founder & CEO of Parker Boats, stated, “During the groundbreaking ceremony today, we took a moment to honor our heritage as Parker Boats and the decades our family and team has dedicated to building vessels that embody strength, simplicity, and seaworthiness – but today was mostly about celebrating our future.” Parker continued, “In April, we announced Parker’s strategic partnership with Correct Craft, another marine company known for their legacy and commitment to quality. Our association with Correct Craft provides opportunities to improve our manufacturing processes and offer Parker customers new boat options and models, while still offering them what Parker is known for – boats built with integrity and pride. This new facility is the first step in these process improvements. We look forward to seeing what it brings to our customers, suppliers, and dealers in the future.”
Correct Craft President and CEO Bill Yeargin stated, “Parker Boats has exciting momentum! This new factory expansion will help Parker Boats meet its customer demand and provide new job opportunities to the eastern Carolina community. Having Parker Boats in our Correct Craft family has been great for both parties; we love The Parker team who share our values of Making Life Better. ”
This new facility will also bring 25-30 jobs to the Eastern North Carolina-area. Those interested in applying for jobs in the new gel coat and mold maintenance facility, or other roles at Parker Offshore, are encouraged to visit www.parkerboats.com/careers.
To learn more about the Parker boat building process by watching a behind the scenes video, click here (hyperlink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kicGrsd7El0&t=2s).
About Parker Boats: Parker Boats builds premium offshore and inshore fishing boats in Beaufort, NC. As a subsidiary of Correct Craft, Parker delivers a lifetime of enjoyment and rugged fish-ability focusing on strength, simplicity, and seaworthiness. To learn more about the Parker experience visit www.parkerboats.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 95 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. Focused on “Making Life Better,” the Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, Parker, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, Watershed Innovation and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com