Originally Posted by Flatsflyer
Sea Ray consolidated the building of all larger vessels in Palm Coast, Florida. On any given day there are at least 10 large boats in the water being tested or prepared for delivery. The yard is now in the e process of expanding again and employees over 700 people. The big difference is that a lot of those people are "contractors".
Yes they did. But they're now in the process of reopening the Merritt Island facility. All they kept there after the consolidation you mention was research and development. The L Class demand is what is pushing them to do that. I don't know where that stands at the moment. The Merritt Island location will not employee more than about 100 people.
And a matter of trivia for those who might not know. The origin of the name, Sea Ray. Well, the founder was Cornelius Nathaniel Ray III, who went by Connie, so he was C. N. Ray and hence C. to Sea and Sea Ray. In 1986 Brunswick bought Sea Ray for $350 million and Bayliner for $425 million. That's when they became the largest boat producer and that was the beginning of the end for OMC. Quick death of OMC I/O's and slower death of the company as a whole.