Invincible Expanding Production with Additional North American Composites Facility
The Composites Center of Excellence will allow Invincible to meet ever-increasing demand and reduce lead times without sacrificing build quality.
FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2021 (OPA-LOCKA, FL):
Invincible, a market share leader in large premium performance sportfishing center console boats announced the construction of a new composite parts facility to complement its five-building Opa-Locka headquarters. The Invincible Composites Center of Excellence (CCOE) will produce laminated components to help satisfy product demand while maintaining industry leading quality fit and finish.
Invincible’s growth over the last years (irrespective of COVID-19) has been significant, requiring an expansion of our production: A 50,000 sq. ft. expansion announced in late 2019 was operational in August 2020, increasing the company’s production lines. Model launches of the new 46’ and 33’ Catamarans have been met with tremendous fanfare, resulting in lead times surpassing 12 months for each boat. It was quickly determined that an additional facility is necessary.
“Demand has been growing exponentially which is a blessing, but we want to get customers in their boats as soon as possible,” said John Dorton, CEO. “These are the kinds of things that keep a builder up at night: Expanding production to meet present and incremental growth while maintaining our level of industry-leading quality. We are certain that this new facility will accomplish all of that,” Dorton said.
Lacking available real estate and additional manpower at the factory to expand further, the team led by COO Thomas Wieners searched for locations across North America with experienced labor in composites lamination, proximity to the factory and logistical capability. With a proven track record in high quality manufacturing, the Composites Center of Excellence will be based in Yucatán Mexico. Approximately the same distance from Miami as Atlanta, the State of Yucatán is one of the country’s safest and fastest growing economic zones and is home to the port of Progreso, one of Mexico’s largest.
“Leaders in aerospace, automotive and powersports sectors have recognized for years that manufacturing in Mexico is a powerful capability,” said Wieners. “With its proximity to our South Florida facilities and head offices, its rapidly emerging industrial focus and its skilled labor market, Yucatán is ideal for Invincible’s needs to produce the volume and quality of composites we need to meet the significant demand we see.”
The establishment of the new CCOE will not adversely affect the jobs of Invincible’s current Opa-Locka based employees. Invincible will control all manufacturing operations at both facilities, and composite parts will be made by Invincible employees using Invincible tooling, processes, and quality standards.
“It will be a world-class facility that positions us for sustainable growth and preserves our high build quality,” Wieners said. “This elevates the standard of composites construction facilities in our segment while providing support for our business domestically and internationally in both new boat construction and parts for service.”
With this addition, Invincible joins the ranks of global manufacturing companies with manufacturing facilities in Mexico, including Gulfstream, GE, BRP, Polaris, Audi, Ford, among others.
About Invincible Boat Company
Since 2006, Invincible boats captivate and enable serious sport fishermen to pursue their trophies with intuitive designs, steadfast construction and exhilarating performance. Invincible seeks to get there faster, fish smarter, and get home safer to share with family and friends.