Bertram Yacht Relocates To A New State-Of -The-Art Facility in Merritt Island, Florida

may 14 2012

The Economic Development Commission (EDC) of Florida's Space Coast apprised that Bertram Yacht, an iconic American yacht brand and legendary manufacturer of luxury sport-fishing yachts, will begin relocating from Miami, Florida to a new facility in Merritt Island, Florida commencing June 2012.

The new state-of-the-art boat manufacturing and marina facility in Merritt Island is situated on a 37-acre site which provides significant opportunity for future expansion of the Bertram brand. The property is conveniently located 45 miles from the Orlando airport and within minutes of the open ocean, making the location ideal for product testing, distribution and deliveries throughout Florida and the Eastern Seaboard. The new facility will use environmentally sound manufacturing practices including a low emission lamination process that incorporates infusion techniques to manufacture fiberglass parts.

"Bertram Yacht's relocation will create more awareness of our state's dynamic marine industry and make a very positive impact on the local economy," said Gray Swoope, president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc., the state's lead economic development organization.

Bertram Yacht will relocate key management and production employees to the new facility, however, the new plant will also draw on the skilled labor force available in the Space Coast region, particularly those with experience in the marine and aerospace sectors, bringing more than 220 jobs to the region. The new production operation will also create significant demand for parts and services from local suppliers and contractors.

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