BRISTOL, R.I. - Goetz Custom Boats is breaking ground on the expansion of its Bristol, Rhode Island plant, the company reported in a recent statement. Construction is expected to be completed in late summer of 2007.
The plant will consist of 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 5,000 square feet of office space. This space is in addition to its existing 30,000 square foot plant, according to the company.
The new space will house a six-axis gantry robot with an overall length of 100 feet, an overall width of 35 feet and a maximum height of 21 feet. Composite Systems, Inc. of California is manufacturing the robot, which will be capable of providing several tasks used in the manufacturing of plugs, moulds and the vessels themselves. This machine will not only be used for its own in-house projects but for other builders as well.
In addition to the robot, Goetz will also invest in a modern combination laminating oven/paint booth. This booth will handle hulls up to 100 feet in length and have baking capabilities to 250 degrees with full automation.
The company estimates it will double its work force upon completion of the new facility.
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