- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Boat manufacturer Sea Pro Boats is investing $5.5 million in a new manufacturing plant in Newberry County and intends to hire 238 workers.

The company made the announcement in Columbia Wednesday with officials from the South Carolina Commerce Department.

The new manufacturing site is to be located in Whitmire, about 55 miles northwest of Columbia.

Company officials say they intend to build a new line of boats with seven models for bay and offshore fishing.

The new site in Newberry County will house the company’s headquarters and manufacturing operations. It should be operational by the third quarter of 2015.

Hiring is expected to begin in early fall of this year. Those interested should contact SC Works at https://bit.ly/1h4ZsG5 .

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