Volusia boat builders say business is rebounding

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Two boat manufacturers in Volusia County said they are seeing their business rebound. Boston Whaler is announcing a plan to expand, and Everglades Boats has hired dozens of workers already this year.
   

An assembly line of workers piecing together brand new boats didn't slow down Tuesday afternoon. The Everglades Boat factory is one of a few in Volusia County creating new jobs.

"There are hundreds of boat building jobs here and a lot of very skilled craftsmen who have built boats and are going to continue to build boats," said Bryan Harris of Everglades Boats.

Both Boston Whaler and Everglades Boats are hiring again.

Boston Whaler representatives said the company plans to hire 46 more employees over the next three years in exchange for tax incentives from Volusia County and the state. 

If approved at a county council meeting this week, the company could receive $600 per job.

Everglades' representatives said the company plans to bring in 35 new employees to their 120,000 square foot plant in Edgewater. They said their growth is tied to the real estate market.

"A lot of what we do is related to that, so we've geared back up and started to grow back to the size that we used to be," said Harris.

In two years, Everglades Boats could add another 30 workers or more.

The new jobs at Boston Whaler will be full-time and will pay an average of $41,000 per year, according to a company representative.