Vernon's KingFisher Boats expands boat manufacturing plant

KingFisher expands plant

Vernon's KingFisher Boats is expanding its boat manufacturing plant.

Two new buildings are being constructed at the company's property on Highland Road at the north end of Swan Lake.

The expansion will grow the production facility to 20,000 square feet and support record market demand for its larger offshore vessels along with a dedicated space for product development.

"In order for us to continue to meet the needs of our North American dealer network, we identified an opportunity to enhance our manufacturing processes which will have a long-term positive impact on our dealers, our employees and our community," says president Brad Armstrong.

"By increasing our footprint, we bolster our ability to deliver product to future owners while supporting our long-term objective of being the preferred aluminum boat builder in North America."

The buildings were designed with productivity and safety in mind; with state-of-the-art cranes and welding machines.

The project broke ground in October, and the new facilities will become operational later this year.

The expansion includes an extensive environmental enhancement along the Swan Lake shoreline with the creation of turtle nesting pads and the planting of 85 native trees and 240 native shrubs.

The company is also hiring to go along with the expansion and applications can be made via the KingFisher website.

KingFisher builds and distribute 29 models in five series of boats: Offshore, Coastal, Sport, Multi-Species and River Jet.

It currently employs 162 workers.

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