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Xplor Boatworks, LLC establishing operations in Richland County

More than $3.4 million investment to create 63 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. –  Xplor Boatworks, LLC, a specialty recreational boat designer and manufacturer, today announced plans to establish operations in Richland County. The company’s more than $3.4 million investment is projected to create 63 new jobs.

Founded in 2017, Xplor Boatworks, LLC designs and manufactures specialty boats such as the X18 and the X24 Andros, and is working on releasing new skiff and center console boats up to 33 feet long. Xplor Boatworks, LLC utilizes state-of-the-art production methods to ensure the highest-quality finished products, with the least amount of variance, ensuring maximum strength-to-weight ratios.

Located at 1124 Pineview Drive in Columbia, Xplor Boatworks, LLC’s new facility will enable the company to increase capacity to meet growing demand.

The company’s facility is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020. Individuals interested in joining the Xplor Boatworks, LLC team should visit https://xplorboatworks.com/contact/.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded Richland County a $100,000 Set-Aside grant for costs related to the project.


“The new location for Xplor Boatworks, LLC in Richland County, South Carolina is a significant step forward for our company. We are very excited and proud to be part of the boat manufacturing industry here in Columbia. This location provides us all of the resources we could wish for, including a wealth of experienced and talented people who have been enormously helpful in developing and growing our company. We would all like to pass on our gratitude to the state of South Carolina, Richland County and the local community for the enthusiasm and support they have all shown.” -Xplor Boatworks, LLC Managing Director and CFO Hugh Huston

“Xplor Boatworks, LLC’s decision to locate in Richland County is a testament to the reputation that South Carolina’s workforce is one of the best in the world. This $3.4 million investment, creating 63 new jobs, is a big win for Richland County and our entire state’s manufacturing industry.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“South Carolina continues to build a reputation for itself as a state that not only makes things but makes them well. Today’s announcement by Xplor Boatworks, LLC is further proof to the world that South Carolina has everything companies need to continue making state-of-the-art products.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“Richland County is always pleased to assist a rapidly growing business like Xplor Boatworks, LLC. The company’s plan to purchase their current location and expand at that site demonstrates their commitment to continued growth here in Richland County, providing more jobs and opportunities in our community.” -Richland County Council Chair Paul Livingston


  • Xplor Boatworks, LLC is establishing operations in Richland County.
  • More than $3.4 million investment is projected to create 63 new jobs.
  • Xplor Boatworks, LLC is a designer and manufacturer of specialty recreational boats.
  • Located at 1124 Pineview Drive in Columbia, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the Xplor Boatworks team should visit https://xplorboatworks.com/contact/.

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. S.C. 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. S.C. 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. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State was among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis in 2018 – extending its streak of top five finishes since 2011. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities’ State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

Alex Clark, CMP
Director of Marketing & Communications
South Carolina Department of Commerce
(803) 737-1998


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