Boat builder to open third manufacturing facility in Louisiana

March 12, 2024
Metal Shark has already begun aggressively recruiting to expand its Louisiana workforce pipeline.

Metal Shark has announced plans to open a third manufacturing facility in Iberia Parish, Louisiana. The company, which specializes in the design and construction of welded aluminum vessels, will open a new 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility to meet increasing customer demand. This new plant will allow Metal Shark to increase production capacity, bringing its total manufacturing space to 200,000 square feet across 35 acres. The company has already begun aggressively recruiting to expand its Louisiana workforce pipeline.

In a recent quote, Metal Shark CEO Chris Allard said, “As a diversified builder, at any given time we’re producing boats for customers across a range of markets including US and foreign military forces, state and local law enforcement agencies and fire departments, and numerous commercial markets including pilot groups, passenger vessel operators, and the offshore wind industry. Our new Avery Island facility will reduce lead times for vessels that lie outside our mainstream production mix, with an experienced crew of boat building professionals specializing in custom rigging and production efficiency.”



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