Bertram Moves to Central Florida

The company plans to have the Merritt Island facility fully operational by the end of 2012

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A view of the new facility across the bow of a Bertram 510Ben Holtzclaw

After considering over 30 new plant sites, an iconic boatbuilder has chosen to stay in Florida.

Local and state leaders along with the media were invited to check out Bertram’s new 37-acre headquarters on May 9 at a company-sponsored lunch. The company is moving all boatbuilding operations from Miami to the larger facility on Merritt Island in central Florida near Cape Canaveral.

Bertram, which is part of the Ferretti Group and celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, has manufactured some of the most recognizable sport-fishing boats in existence. They plan to continue the tradition in a facility that gives them room to grow.

“This is just one of many big steps we have yet to make moving forward, “ said Bertram president Alton Herndon on Wednesday, adding that the company has “big plans on the drawing board.”

The new location is a boon to the area, and is expected to have an estimated $26.3 million economic impact when fully up and running, which should be in late 2012. The new facility is also expected to create 221 jobs, which should help make up some of those lost in the area by the recent termination of the shuttle program.

“This is a great not only for the Space Coast, but for the state of Florida,” said State Representative Steve Crisafulli, who was in attendance at Wednesday’s event along with State Senator Thad Altman.

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A view of the new facility across the bow of a Bertram 510Ben Holtzclaw
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Media representatives mingle with local and state leaders at the lunch receptionBen Holtzclaw
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Bertram president Alton Herndon speaks at the event.Ben Holtzclaw
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Florida state senator Thad Altman praises the decision to keep Bertram headquartered in Florida.Ben Holtzclaw
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Guests enjoy a lunch with Bertram employees in the new facilityBen Holtzclaw
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The rear of the new Bertram facilityBen Holtzclaw
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One of the two huge bays where the new yachts will be assembled
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A hull mold that has already arrived at the new facilityBen Holtzclaw
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The new docks and launch area on Sykes CreekBen Holtzclaw
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The new docks and launch area on Sykes Creek
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The Bertram crew poses for a photo
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The entrance to the new facilityBen Holtzclaw