US builder Grady-White Boats plans to add 70,000sq ft to its manufacturing facility in Greenville, North Carolina. The new manufacturing space will allow it to build larger boats, including its 435 flagship. Grady-White said it will add 65 jobs after the work is completed in summer 2018.

The company received assistance for the project from several North Carolina agencies, including the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Grant program, matching funds from the Pitt County Development Commission (PCDC), as well as funds for educational credits for training at Pitt Community College.

Grady-White has been building boats since 1959. It has received multiple consumer satisfaction awards, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association Customer Satisfaction Index award for the 16 years the award has been in existence. The company was awarded by JD Power Associates for all nine years that studies were conducted in the marine industry.