In a marketplace trending toward model consolidation, Joe Neber, president and owner of Contender Boats, not long ago solidified Contender’s legacy as a household-owned, Florida-dependent business by acquiring a next manufacturing facility in Fort Pierce.
The 100,000-sq.-foot facility not only opens prospects for the enterprise to double the output of its really coveted boats but also drives home the mission “for fisherman by fisherman.”
Contender Boats welcomes back again former plant manager Steve Cunningham to head the Fort Pierce factory. Cunningham will be becoming a member of the staff headed by Kenny Pontari, previously with Viking Yachts, to lead production operations for Contender. Jointly, Cunningham and Pontari maintain 77 years of working experience in setting up premium sportfishing boats.
“The objective for the new plant is to transfer entirely to infusion, a fashionable lamination procedure, and a cleaner producing course of action,” stated Neber. “You just cannot deliver the most effective boats on the industry without having the greatest group doing the job with each other. That is why I’m dedicated to operating with skilled pros who certainly comprehend the merchandise and the demands of our shoppers.”
Neber has also included a new high quality assurance supervisor, David Pliske, to the staff with the expanding ability. Pliske is charged with guaranteeing that Contender Boats continues to generate top rated-of-the-line functionality equipment. Will Serrano has also joined the team as a focused client provider consultant to provide the virtually 10,000 Contender Boat proprietors around the globe.
The Fort Pierce Contender Boats facility is at this time remaining renovated with plans to be entirely operational by Q4 of this calendar year. Contender will be looking to employ up to 250 new team members to personnel the new facility. Creation of all boats 32 ft and down will transfer to Fort Pierce, although all larger boats will continue being at the Homestead facility.
“The workers and crew we have had at Contender have been a pivotal section of our good results,” said Neber. “Now is the time to genuinely invest in the organization, in Florida, and in our people to guarantee the extended-term success of the brand.”
In addition to a new manufacturing facility and manufacturing, Neber has turned his concentration toward building a profitable team in all departments. Modern hires and crucial players include things like:
● Chris Becker, naval architect and director of engineering, 13 several years in the boating sector
● Amanda Sabin, advertising, 11 yrs in the fishing and boating business
● Rob Sabin, Southeast revenue, 11 a long time in the fishing and boating sector
● Jordan DeLong, pro staff and event supervisor, advertising and marketing and sales
● Jessica Occasio, product sales coordinator.