Johnson Outdoors Inc. recently expanded its Old Town Canoe & Kayak operations, opening a 144,000-square-foot facility in Old Town, Maine, that includes space for thermoforming.
The company said in a news release that its building has been custom designed for faster and more accurate processing and shipment of orders. Old Town's customer service, warehousing and distribution now will be under one roof.
The new facility was built in partnership with locally owned real estate company Humble Beginnings LLC, and when fully operational, it will employ 60 - including about 20 new positions.
``Old Town, Maine, has been the home of Old Town Canoes for over a century, and this new facility reaffirms our commitment to local partnerships to help ensure a great future for this great community,'' said Tim Magoon, operations director for Johnson Outdoors watercraft, in a news release.
The building replaces an Old Town facility in Bangor, Maine, that was smaller and less efficient, said Lloyd Hall, the company's retail and event manager, in an e-mail. He said most employees have moved to the new facility.
The company also said it relocated thermoforming operations to the same site. Rotational molding manufacturing of canoes and kayaks will continue at its other Old Town location, which is down the street from the new building.
Company officials declined to elaborate further on the thermoforming operation. However, they did say most of the new jobs are in thermoforming.
Old Town offers wood, rotomolded and thermoformed canoes.
Johnson Outdoors is a publicly traded outdoors recreation company with worldwide headquarters in Racine, Wis. It manufactures across four categories - watercraft, marine electronics, diving and outdoor equipment.
The company operates in 17 countries, employs 1,400 and reported sales of $432.1 million in fiscal 2007.