JONES MILLS, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas boat manufacturer is planning to expand and relocate production to another central county.
The Sentinel-Record reports Veranda Luxury Pontoons announced it’s leaving the Garland County Industrial Park to start production within nine months to a year at a 377,000-square-foot (35,024-square-meter) Hot Springs County plant.
Real estate records show that Veranda’s parent company acquired the 35-acre (14-hectare) Hot Springs County site and an additional 30-plus undeveloped acreage nearby earlier this month for $3.75 million.
Veranda President Rory Herndon says relocating to the larger space in Jones Mills will allow the company to double production and add about 80 employees in the next few years. He says his other company, Xpress Boats, will move into the old Garland County space.