Advanced Manufacturer Announces Plant Reopening, Adds 130 Jobs

White River Marine Group, the manufacturing arm of Bass Pro Shops, announced its plan to reopen a closed manufacturing plant in Bolivar, Missouri. The manufacturing plant was originally closed in 2009, and its reopening is expected to bring 130 new jobs to the region.

“The City of Bolivar considers it an honor to welcome White River Marine Group back to the City of Bolivar,” said Bolivar Mayor Chris Warwick. “We look forward to developing a long and rewarding relationship with our newest corporate neighbor.”

According to the company, the plant will begin boat production in mid-April, handling everything from welding to upholstery for Sun Tracker pontoons and other White River Marine brands.

“We are very excited to renew operations in Bolivar and expand our manufacturing capabilities, a positive signal of our sustained momentum and the overall strength of the White River Marine family of boat brands,” said Les Crawford, President of White River Marine Group. “Resuming operations in Bolivar will allow us to provide our world-class products to even more customers with the same high-quality craftsmanship that have made our boats so popular.”

For more information on Missouri’s advanced manufacturing industry check out our industry webpage, or contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have, and show you how Missouri Partnership can help with your business expansion, collaboration and investment needs.

What Next?