On behalf of the City of Palm Coast, I am proud to welcome Brunswick and Boston Whaler to our community. As a leader and legend in the boating industry, we are honored to be partnering with Boston Whaler as the home for their new manufacturing facility.
This project restores a much missed sector of our local community and Boston Whaler's commitment to providing high-quality and rewarding careers which opens up hundreds of new job opportunities locally. Along with the job growth, Boston Whaler's vision to continued strong economic growth and success in our schools and our community makes them an ideal community partner.
"Expanding Boston Whaler production by reopening the Palm Coast facility provides immediate access to new capacity for a fraction of the cost of building a brand-new facility", said Aine Denari, President, Brunswick Boat Group.
According to Brunswick, Boston Whaler currently employs more than 1,200 employees in Edgewater and will add an additional 300-400 jobs over the next 18-24 months at Palm Coast; a short distance from the Edgewater site. The first boats will come off the production line at the Palm Coast facility in the second half of 2021.
This is yet another testament to Palm Coast being the choice of companies today, and the many benefits our great community offers. From the City's commitment to being business-friendly, to our local talent, to the great quality of life; we are open for business and welcome those seeking to establish their business here.
It is a historic and exciting time for our City. The addition of Boston Whaler to our community family along with the other economic developments in education, healthcare, and technology solidify the foundations Palm Coast has established for opportunity and job growth unlike we have seen before.
I am proud that between AdventHealth, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida and the Gioia Sails expansion we are on track to welcome approximately 1,000 new jobs to the City of Palm Coast this year.