FT. PIERCE, April 2006 - Pursuit Boats launched an innovative approach to their production practices with the automation of both assembly and lamination production lines.
Setting the lines into motion was Leon Slikkers, founder of Pursuit and chairman of S2 Yachts, who said "Automation of the production lines enables our employees to work smarter, not harder. Growth within our production facility is something we look forward to - it means we will increase our production capacity, add new employees and satisfy the demand worldwide for our product. It also lets our customers know we are making a strong investment into the future to continue delivering world class products."
As Senior Manufacturing Manager, Joey Sesta is responsible for employing the most efficient practices. "We engineered a system that helps us eliminate the manual efforts of moving the production line that is more efficient, safer and faster. With time being so crucial in working with our production flow system, we had to find ways to eliminate areas of waste. Time is now better utilized and adds capacity and adding value to the boat for being produced in a more efficient manner. "
The automation of the production lines is one of the last items on a long checklist of projects that comprised an overall plant expansion that was put into motion in early 2005 and has included 60,000 square feet of additions to the lamination, mill shop and engineering buildings, designed to increase production by more than twenty percent.
Pursuit Boats is a division of Holland, Michigan-based S2 Yachts, Inc. For more than half a century, three generations of this family-owned business have set an unsurpassed standard of quality in marine design and manufacturing. From their modern production facility in Ft. Pierce, the Slikkers family continues to build distinctive fishing boats in Offshore, Center Console, and Denali configurations, in thirteen models from twenty-five to thirty-four feet.