Tigé Boats Inc. formally broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that is expected to triple the company's production capacity when it is finished in November 2005.
Located in Abilene, Texas, the new Tigé headquarters will include a 105,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and office facility on more than 25 acres adjacent to Abilene Regional Airport. The plans feature a 12,000-square-foot contemporary style corporate office complex and an adjoining 18,000-square-foot product development and engineering facility. This expanded research and development area will allow Tigé to continue to design cutting edge technology, innovative design and a new generation of family water sport boats.
Tigé will benefit from a linear design in the new factory that will allow them to both begin and finish one boat every hour. When employing two work shifts, Tigé will be able to produce 16 boats per day.
The manufacturing facility is designed to make plant tours safer and more informative for customers, dealers and other visitors. A portion of the hallways in the manufacturing facility are built with large glass windows, so Tigé can showcase its new factory while maximizing comfort and enjoyment for visitors.
Additionally, the vacant 100 acres surrounding the manufacturing facility will present expansion opportunities for Tigé's suppliers who are interested in building regional satellites in Texas in the near future. Tigé is currently operating at maximum capacity in its 48,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in north Abilene, where it relocated from Merced, Calif., in 1995.
“We have outgrown our current facility and are now looking forward to being able to dramatically expand our production in the coming years,” remarked Charlie Pigeon, president of Tigé Boats. “The streamlined production line and new technology we are bringing to the new facility will also help us maximize the quality of our product.”
Pigeon said he expects boat production to increase by more than 200 percent and employee numbers to rise by 70 percent by the year 2010.