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Glasstream Powerboats expands to Dothan

New business brings more jobs to local community.
Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz discusses the expansion of Glasstream Powerboats into the City of Dothan.
Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz discusses the expansion of Glasstream Powerboats into the City of Dothan.
Glasstream Powerboats President Kruis Retherford says local and state government were key factors in the decision to bring the company to Dothan.
Glasstream Powerboats President Kruis Retherford says local and state government were key factors in the decision to bring the company to Dothan.
"From the first time that I met them, I knew this was a company that would do well in our community.  This is a company that our community would be proud to work for," said Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz.

The project started more than a year ago.  And today, city leaders announced the start of a new business and more jobs in Dothan.

"Boats run in their blood.  They're not doing this because they want to just make money.  They're doing this because they have to, and their passionate about this," Schmitz said.

Glasstream Powerboats has one plant in Panama City, and the business is looking to hire 100 people for its Dothan location.

Seventy-five more jobs could open up soon afterward, and the facility will be located at an existing building on Oxmoor Industrial Boulevard.

"We have made this our top priority to create opportunity for our citizens,” said Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver.  This is a day where we've reached some success.  Tomorrow, we'll get right back out there and try to create more jobs."

"Your local and state government here really made us feel welcome and comfortable.  Their sincerity and their transparency were really a big part of closing the deal," said Glasstream Powerboats President Kruis Retherford.

Glasstream powerboats says it received bids from eleven communities, but Dothan was the best choice.

"Our market is worldwide.  We have dealers as far away as Dubai and Kuwait, and we have regional dealers.  And this move will help us to expand our dealer network and really take our company global."

The company hopes to open its doors within the next 60 days. 

For information on applying for jobs, you can visit the company's website at www.glasstream.com.

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