Falcon Boats is establishing operations in Newberry County to manufacture a new line of quality, affordable sportfishing boats. The company purchased an existing building, located at 750 Wilson Road in Newberry, S.C., and plans to invest $1.5 million, creating 35 new jobs over the next five years.
Initially established as Marine Pro in Irmo, S.C., the company previously specialized in boat repair and modification. However, following the vision of company president Stephen Walker and his two partners, Falcon Boats aims to make a significant impact on the bass fishing market. As avid fishermen with a combined 90 years of boat manufacturing experience, the leadership at Falcon Boats are in tune with what the modern fisherman, both competitive and hobbyist, want in a fishing boat.
The company has already begun manufacturing its first model, the F-215, a fast and stable design that handles rough water with ease. The 21-foot boat features an extra wide beam for added stability and a larger casting deck.
For more information on the company, visit www.falconbassboats.com.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be building boats in Newberry again. We’re starting out small, and plan to grow as business allows, but we have high hopes of producing quality and affordable boats for many years to come.” –Falcon Boats President Stephen Waller
“Falcon Boats’ decision to expand to Newberry County is a testament to the reputation South Carolina’s world-class workforce has built as one of the best in the world. This $1.5 million investment, creating 35 new jobs, is a huge win for Newberry and our entire state’s manufacturing industry.” –Gov. Nikki Haley
“It’s always exciting to celebrate a homegrown company, like Falcon Boats, as they open a new facility in our state. I look forward to watching this impressive company grow and thrive in South Carolina for many years to come.” –Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
“It’s great to see that the boat manufacturing industry is alive and well in Newberry County. Since we have a long history of boat building in our community, we have the right people with the right skills to make Falcon Boats successful. We wish them well and we’ll do whatever we can to help the company and its people prosper.” –Newberry County Council Chairman Henry Livingston, III
“We eagerly welcome another boat manufacturer to the Central S.C. Region. The announced capital investment and new jobs is a win for our community, stakeholders and citizens. We congratulate them on their success and look forward to watching them thrive.” –Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
FIVE FAST FACTS
Falcon Boats is establishing operations in Newberry County.
$1.5 million investment to create 35 new jobs.
The company was initially established as Marine Pro in Irmo, S.C.
Falcon Boats’ Newberry County facility is located at 750 Wilson Road in Newberry, S.C.
The company has already begun manufacturing its first model, the F-215.
About Falcon Boats
Falcon Boats was created with the goal to provide a high quality, high performing, tournament worthy boat at an affordable price. The three Falcon founders have over 90 years of combined boat manufacturing experience. This experience, along with a passion for fishing, provides a wealth of knowledge on what goes into making the best fishing boat. Learn more at www.falconbassboats.com.
About Central South Carolina Alliance
The Central SC Alliance (CSCA) is a full-service professional economic development organization, founded in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, public/private partnership, engaged in the recruitment of capital investment and jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina. Since inception, CSCA and its partners and allies, have attracted $11 billion in capital investment and over 64,000 new jobs to the Central Region of South Carolina.
CSCA represents nine counties and the City of Columbia. (The nine county region includes, Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland.) To learn more about the Central SC Alliance please visit our website at www.centralsc.org and be sure to follow us on Twitter @Central_SC and like us on Facebook.