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      Boat Manufacturer expanding operations in South Carolina

      Sports Boats Manufacturing is expanding its Dorchester County facility,creating about 50 jobs.

      DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WACH)- South Carolina's wake in the boating industry is getting larger.

      According to Jeff Taillon with The Governor's Office, Sportsman Boats Manufacturing (SBM) is expanding its operations in Dorchester County and moving into a larger facility.

      The Governor's office expects SBM'S investment to be about $2.35 million, creating about 50 jobs over the next five years.

      "We are pleased with the success we have had here in Dorchester County and we're looking forward to growing our operations here. This expansion is a big step for our company. South Carolina has provided a great fit for our business and we appreciate all the support we've received from state and local officials," said Tommy Hancock, president of Sportsman Boats Manufacturing.

      "South Carolinians know how to build things, and build them well. Sportsman Boats Manufacturing's expansion adds momentum to the Palmetto State's manufacturing renaissance, and we look forward to them continuing to grow and create jobs that will have an impact," said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

      Sports Boats Manufacturing will begin hiring new positions this month. If you're interested in a job with SBM, visit the company's website at www.sportsmanboatsmfg.com/Careers.html