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Rising Demand Forces Boat Maker to Expand

Sailfish could be eligible for more than $1 million in tax breaks.

A rise in fishing and recreational boat demand has forced Sailfish Boats to expand operations in Georgia. 

On March 16, Governor Brian Kemp announced that Sailfish will invest more than $1 million and add 70 jobs in Cairo, Georgia. 

Since 1986, Sailfish has manufactured dual and center console boats built for offshore and inshore fishing. 

According to President and CEO Rob Parmentier, forecasted growth stems from upcoming new products, increasing the distributor network by 35% and market demand for fishing boats.

The new positions will be in the engineering department as well as in lamination and assembly production areas. 

The assembly positions will earn between $11.50 and $22 an hour.

According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Sailfish could be eligible for more than $1 million in tax breaks. 

Essentially, the company can write off $3,000 from state income taxes for every worker making more than $28,000 per year.

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