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Flippin boat builder expanding, adding 50 jobs

by Andrew Moreau | October 4, 2021 at 11:49 a.m.
FILE — Shane McBride and his sons Cade and Cale admire a Vexus boat at Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports in Hot Springs in this Aug. 11, 2018 file photo. (The Sentinel-Record/Rebekah Hedges)

Vexus Boats of Flippin announced Monday it will create 50 new jobs with a $4.2 million investment in its manufacturing operations. The fishing boat manufacturer plans to expand its plant by 30%.

“Consumer demand is driving growth, and we’re meeting that by transitioning some of our operations to a nearby facility,” Vexus Chief Executive Officer Randy Hopper said in a news release. “That site will provide added space for our custom trailer production as well as extensive engineering and cutting-edge product development. At the same time, the addition will significantly enhance the production flow and efficiencies of our aluminum and fiberglass boat manufacturing.”

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson attended an announcement in Flippin Monday morning. “Arkansans take pride in our state’s stunning scenery and its access to outdoor recreation, and we are excited to have a company like Vexus that exemplifies our passions and values here in the Natural State,” the governor said. “These 50 additional jobs will go a long way in improving the quality of life for families in Flippin.”

Vexus was founded more than 50 years ago.


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