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Blue Heron Communications
RANGER BOATS FACTORY TO UNDERGO EXPANSION PROJECT
FLIPPIN, AR (July 31, 2007) With a year-long 40th Anniversary celebration beginning with the release of the 2008 models, Ranger Boats is also announcing the launch of Phase II of its intense capital expansion program. The improvements done to the factory, headquartered in the heart of the Arkansas Ozarks, will continue to help Ranger remain efficient in its manufacturing processes while allowing the space to develop new technologies to enrich customers' experiences.
Phase II will include renovation to existing plant facilities, additional new manufacturing space and equipment. Scheduled for completion in spring 2008, the cost of the expansion project is estimated at more than $7 million.
Previously, Phase I included expanding loading dock facilities to expedite shipments and increase efficiency within the factory.
Ranger Boats President Randy Hopper said that the need for expansion has been brought about by the growth of Ranger's market share, the increase in size of the average boat produced by Ranger and the company's ongoing quest to continually improve product quality and customer satisfaction.
“At the root of our growth are satisfied customers,” Hopper said. “We have to stay ahead of the curve and continually seek out and integrate better, more efficient technologies into our process. For example, the latest robotic water jet cutting machinery will replace the current method of trimming and drilling fiberglass using hand drills and templates, resulting in a much more dust free environment and a more efficient, higher-quality operation.”
From hulls to trailers, Ranger Boats continues to set the curve for product innovations that benefit both performance and overall customer satisfaction. With expanded facilities, Ranger looks to continue their legacy of providing the highest quality and most technologically advanced trailerable, fiberglass fishing boats available.
About Ranger Boats
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest quality, strongest performing boats on the water.
Genmar, with approximately 4,500 employees and eight manufacturing centers, is the builder of 14 premier brands of recreational boats which include Carver®, Champion®, Four Winns®, Glastron®, Hydra-Sports®, Larson®, MarquisTM, Ranger®, Scarab®, Seaswirl®, Stratos®, Triumph®, Wellcraft® and Windsor Craft®. Genmar boats are sold worldwide through its approximately 1,100 dealers. Additionally, Genmar utilizes its proprietary VEC® Technology and the Roplene® process in both the manufacture of certain of its recreational boats and for third party manufacturing.