Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Illinois company buys two SC fishing boat makers

(Lake Forest, Illinois-Dow Jones/AP) Jan. 3, 2005 - Brunswick Corporation has purchased two South Carolina-based makers of salt-water fishing boats for about $51 million.

The Lake Forest, Illinois-based company acquired Sea Pro Boats Incorporated and Sea Boss Boats LLC on Monday.

The acquired companies are based in Newberry and had 2004 sales of about $80 million.

The Sea Pro, Sea Boss and Palmetto brands will join Brunswick's Boston Whaler to form a new Saltwater Boat Group, based in Edgewater, Florida.

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