BEAUFORT — Parker Offshore recently announced the company’s plan to add a 10,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its existing 225,000-square-foot manufacturing plant.

The expansion is set for completion in June and is expected to provide an additional 25-30 jobs to the Beaufort region. Parker Offshore currently employs 122 Crystal Coast residents, according to the company.

The new facility will house an expanded area for the gel coat and mold maintenance processes. The gel coat is the first layer applied in the boat building process. Mold maintenance is a rigorous inspection of the boat mold, ensuring zero defects, while waxing the surface of the boat mold.

The expansion will improve production processes and flow and will offer Parker customers new boat model options as well as enhancements to existing models, the company says.  

“Ultimately, this expansion phase will allow us to increase production and expand job opportunities throughout the factory,” Linwood Parker, founder and CEO of Parker Offshore, said. “By increasing production and efficiency, we’re able to pass off savings to consumers and increase the production of Parker models, which are currently seeing an increase in demand. This commitment to lean operations was established in April with our Correct Craft partnership. We are excited to implement this first phase and look forward to the effects this will have on Parker Boats for the betterment of our boat dealers, employees, customers, and this region.”

Parker held a groundbreaking ceremony on the facility at 2570 Highway 101 Wednesday morning.

Parker Offshore offers premium offshore and inshore fishing boats built in Beaufort. As a subsidiary of Correct Craft, Parker delivers enjoyment and rugged fish-ability focusing on strength, simplicity and seaworthiness. The Parker fleet is comprised of 18 models, including Center Consoles, Bay Boat, Sport Cabins, Walk Arounds and a Dual Console. To learn more about Parker Offshore, visit parkerboats.com.

(2) comments

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Lets see, how much county money went to subsidize this business? That was reported in this paper earlier. Taxpayer funds should never be used to aid a business. It discriminates against other businesses.

Second, more toys for the rich, indeed. They must have their yachts. So, more servants can be hired to produce more toys for the rich, and to some extent subsidized by the servants taxpayer dollars. What isn't to like?

David Collins

While a Parker Boat is a far stretch to be called a yacht , although they could be used as yacht tenders , they are rather pricey these days . Sign of a successful product . The question is did any public money help to finance this expansion ? If so , was it a loan or a grant ? Not saying that it would be illegal or bad or even misguided . The answer is either Yes or No .

I was under the impression that this program provided “seed money “ for business development . If that is the case , funding a company like Parker is not seed money . Their seed was planted years ago and is now tall corn enjoying a strong market . Transparency folks , transparency . It eliminates lots of questions .

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