Brunswick Boat Group, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has announced plans for the Brunswick Fiberglass Boat Technology Center (BFBTC), an extensive recreational boat design and technology center in the United States. Located in Edgewater, Florida, the 45,000-square-foot facility will be home to a boat product development team, with a mission to design, engineer, and launch innovative, industry-leading products for Boston Whaler and Sea Ray.
“Brunswick Corporation will create a commanding position in boat design and innovation with the formation of our world-class technology center,” said David Foulkes, Brunswick Corporation Chief Executive Officer. “Over the last few years, we have established a strong foundation of cross-functional and cross-brand initiatives and investments that leverage the power of our enterprise. The Brunswick Fiberglass Boat Technology Center is one of the essential building blocks for our future vision; we will continue to define, create and embody the future of recreational boating.”
Slated to open in late Q3 of 2019, the BFBTC will give the company additional resources while also creating technology and engineering jobs in Central Florida.
“Technology has completely changed the boating industry over the past decade and both Boston Whaler and Sea Ray have been at the forefront of that change,” said Huw Bower, Brunswick Boat Group president. “The entire Brunswick Boat Group will benefit from shared resources in the new technology center and there is a tremendous amount of growth opportunity for all of our brands.”
“2019 will be a transformative year for Brunswick and the addition of the new Technology Center is just one piece of the overall story,” said Foulkes, “As we continue to position our focus and vision solely on the global marine industry, it will be imperative that we continue to create centers of excellence to consistently grow and improve the boating experience.”