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Boatbuilder opening up shop near Navassa


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Months after losing hundreds of jobs when DAK Americas closed its doors, a new business is coming to Navassa, albeit with far fewer jobs.

Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jim Bradshaw says 33rd Strike Group plans to start operations in the area in May. Bradshaw says 33rd Strike Group builds catamarans and plans to hire 50 people over the next few years. The company will set up shop in the Brunswick Industrial Warehouse complex near Navassa.

"We chose Brunswick County based on its connections to major highways, proximity to the port and the quality of life in the area," company representative Paul Miller said when making the announcement last week at the Annual Joint Economic Development Boards meeting.

Miller said the company's mission is to bring affordable boating back in the form of quality aluminum catamarans. Miller also said 33rd Strike Group has two other projects planned that it wants to move into its new facility.

Navassa lost boat building jobs back in 2008, when US Marine closed its factory.

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good news

Any step on job creation is good for our area