Startup business creating 76 new jobs in Greenville
Columbia, SC — Bonafide Kayaks, a manufacturer and producer of fishing kayaks, is launching new manufacturing operations in Greenville County. The company is investing $2 million to create 76 new jobs over the next three years.
Bonafide Kayaks was formed in November 2016 and has spent the last several months designing its first models of fishing kayaks from the ground up. Led by Luther Cifers, an industry professional who also established YakAttack, a leading kayak fishing accessory brand, Bonafide Kayaks had a highly-successful debut at the iCAST trade show in July 2017. The company anticipates rapid growth over the next several years.
Located at 10 Quest Lane, Suite B in Greenville, S.C., the company's manufacturing operations will include rotomolding and assembly. Construction on the facility is already underway, and the first manufacturing operations are expected to come online by December 2017. Hiring should begin in the third quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"We looked long and hard for the best place to set up our manufacturing operations, and Greenville, S.C. offers everything we were looking for. It's one of the best places in the world to live; there's a thriving workforce available; it's a great shipping point; and, every resource and utility we need are readily available. We couldn't be happier to call Greenville our new home." -Bonafide Kayaks CEO Luther Cifers
"The talented workforce in South Carolina has established a reputation as one of the best in the world that can build anything they're asked to build. Bonafide Kayaks' decision to invest in Greenville and its people is another example of our state being open for business to companies of every kind." -Governor Henry McMaster
"South Carolina is home to a broad range of companies, both large and small. We're proud that Bonafide Kayaks has decided to add their company to the list of diverse firms that operate within our borders." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
"In Greenville County, we cherish up-and-coming small businesses. They are the foundation and the future of our strong, diverse economy. We could not be more proud to have Bonafide Kayaks join our great community." -Greenville County Council Chairman H.G. "Butch" Kirven Jr.
Five Fast Facts
- Bonafide Kayaks is launching new manufacturing operations in Greenville County.
- $2 million investment to create 76 new jobs.
- Bonafide Kayaks is a manufacturer and producer of fishing kayaks.
- Located at 10 Quest Lane, Suite B in Greenville, S.C., initial manufacturing operations are expected to begin in December 2017.
- Hiring should begin in the third quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should email email@example.com for more information.
About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. In three of five years, IBM-Plant Location International reports ranked South Carolina first in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment, per capita. The state won the Gold Shovel Award and the Project of Year Award from Area Development magazine in 2012, 2014 and 2015. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.