Small boat builder to relocate to Georgia

CLAXTON, Ga. – Carolina Composites, manufacturer of center console, fish-and-ski and bay boats under the Pioneer Boats brand, is relocating from Harleyville, S.C. to Claxton, Ga., according to an article today in the Savannah Morning News.

The move involves a $2 million investment and expectations to hire at least 100 employees over the next three years, the newspaper reported.

“We have found a good fit for our family business in this community,” Pioneer Boats Co-owner Roy McSwain told the newspaper. McSwain co-owns Pioneer Boats with his brother, Mike Holmes. “We’re serious about making a good product, and the community is serious about helping us achieve that goal.”

Once customization of the company’s 40,000-square-foot speculative building in the Evans County Industrial Park is finished, Carolina Composites will move its operations to Claxton, according to the newspaper.

“Our hope at this point is to have the building ready by the end of the year and begin manufacturing in January,” McSwain told Savannah Morning News. “Our ultimate goal is to build all of our boats in Claxton.”

He added that he expects salaries not to change much with the move. At the S.C. facility, the average hourly worker earns $13 an hour and supervisors average from $50,000 to $60,000, the newspaper reported.

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