Groundbreaking is expected this autumn on a new 55,000-square foot manufacturing facility for Onslow Bay Boatworks, at Camp Davis Industrial Park in Holly Ridge North Carolina.

The maker of high-end, offshore fishing boats was lured to Holly Ridge with a performance-based incentive grant of up to US$46,125 for projected jobs and capital investment. While the boat manufacturing company is close enough for current employees to commute to the new facility, it will also be hiring additional employees, with projections to more than double its workforce.

“We are probably looking at adding 30 positions over the entire process,” Onslow Bay office manager Jessica Hayes told The Daily News. She said that in 2017 they produced 24 boats and are looking at about 30 boats this year. The goal for the first year in the new facility will be to have about 40 boats in production.

Mayor Anita Dingler said the incentive grant should be viewed as an investment, and Onslow Bay as a cornerstone in the industrial park. “Other businesses will see [Onslow Bay] coming into town and when those businesses see they are doing well and there is workforce in the area and say ‘let’s put our company there, too,’” Dingler said.