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Grady-White Boats 70,000-square foot plant expansion will increase production and create jobs


GREENVILLE, NC – Grady-White Boats announces the expansion of their manufacturing facility, located northeast of Greenville, NC. This project will add over 70,000 square feet to create additional production capacity, and add at least 65 new jobs during ramp-up. The expansion will also give Grady-White more space to build larger boats, including its new flagship, the Canyon 456 center console.  Grady-White received assistance for the project from several North Carolina agencies including the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Grant program, matching funds from the Pitt County Development Commission (PCDC), as well as funds for educational credits for training at Pitt Community College.


Wanda Yuhas, PCDC executive director, shared, “It is exciting and rewarding to work with a company like Grady-White Boats on this project.  Grady-White has been here since 1959, employing our residents, paying taxes, and being an excellent corporate citizen.  We are thrilled to give this long-term company this support!”


Mark Doggett, Grady-White executive vice president, states, “We are thankful for this opportunity to increase jobs in our community. This expansion will help us continue to provide both a rewarding work environment for our employees and to produce additional outstanding boats to delight our customers.”   Grady-White’s growth also has a positive impact on suppliers in Pitt County and surrounding Eastern North Carolina areas.  Doggett remarks, “We are fortunate to work long-term with so many terrific vendor partners.” Hudson Brothers Construction is leading the expansion, and completion is scheduled for Summer 2018.


Grady-White has been awarded every third-party customer satisfaction award ever presented in the marine industry, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association Customer Satisfaction Index award for all 16 years the recognition has been granted. The company was awarded by J.D. Power Associates for all nine years that studies were conducted in the marine industry.  Grady-White builds 28 models of fiberglass offshore, sportfishing and family fishing boats ranging from 18 to 45 feet. Visit the factory to learn more about their unique boats and exceptionally detailed craftsmanship.


Grady-White Boats was founded in 1959 and builds 28 boat models from 18 to 45 feet at its recently expanded manufacturing plant in Greenville, NC. The company has been under continuous private ownership by NMMA Hall of Fame member Eddie Smith and the Smith family since 1968. Grady-White welcomes visitors to the company’s award-winning factory to see first-hand the process the company uses to create the very best family-and-fishing boats, and to meet the dedicated team that builds them.



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