Photo: Courtesy Stone County Leader
Excel Boats of Mountain View has settled into its new building and anticipates an expansion in both workforce and production as a result of the much-needed extra space, according to a Stone County Leader report.
Owned by Stone County, the new facility was funded by contributions from Excel and state and federal economic loans secured through the White River Planning & Development District.
Earlier this month, Excel reported having 86 employees, although that number changes often, according to Mellissa Kirby. Kirby is office, human resources and dealer services manager for the company.
In addition to the regular day personnel, Excel employs a smaller night shift dedicated to the more time-consuming portions of boat building.
Kirby says, “Our goal is 25 boats per week.” This means 25 boats constructed from start to finish, “25 per department, per week.”
She says, “That’s our current production goal, and we hope to increase that to 35.”
The additional space afforded by the new building will definitely help, she says.
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