Canadian aluminium boat manufacturer Princecraft Boats has announced a new capital investment of more than C$1.3m toward expanding and updating its existing pontoon boat plant.

Located about two hours east of Montreal in rural Princeville, Quebec, the Brunswick Corporation-owned company invested approximately C$850,000 last year to improve welding operations at its primary manufacturing facility, where it manufactures a full range of aluminum pontoon boats, deck boats and V-hull fishing boats. Additional facility expansions and equipment upgrades scheduled this summer will bring total investment in the facility to more than C$2m. Planned upgrades include re-engineered production lines with updated workstations, and new equipment that leverages advanced manufacturing technologies, according to Princecraft president, Steve Langlais. “For its many changes, Princecraft is inspired by the philosophies of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma, which aim to increase a company's performance by improving the overall quality of the product and the efficiency of its processes,” said Langlais. “It is with great pride that Princecraft Boats has created 120 new jobs in the last 18 months, contributing to the economy of the region.”

Founded in 1954 as Aluminium Boats & Canoes and purchased by Brunswick Corporation in 2001, Princecraft added pontoon boats to its existing line of fishing boats in 1985, then expanded its product offering to include aluminum deck boats in 1992. The company was acquired by Brunswick Corporation in 2001, and today builds 98 models of fishing, deck and pontoon boat models from 10ft-29ft.