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Bass Pro to Reopen Bolivar Plant

Bass Pro Shops

A boat manufacturer is renewing operations in Bolivar.  Bass Pro Shops announced Wednesday its manufacturing arm, White River Marine Group, will reopen its Bolivar facility in response to strong customer demand and an expanding market for its boat brands.

White River Marine plans to add more than 130 new employees at the plant within its first year of operation.  It will begin boat production in mid-April and will handle everything from welding to upholstery for Sun Tracker pontoons and other brands.

The Bolivar facility manufactured aluminum boats until it closed in 2009 during the economic downturn.

Bass Pro says one reason for the increased production is that its boats will now be sold at Cabela’s locations in the wake of Bass Pro’s acquisition of that company.

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