The Toledo Boat Yard at Sturgeon Bend has been up and running since early February and Toledo Port Manager Bud Shoemake reports that the boat yard is officially a money maker. He told his port commission Tuesday night that the boat yard is now averaging a profit of $10,000 a month amidst other wider spread economic benefits for Toledo.
Shoemake said they’ve got boats backed up waiting to be worked on. He said his staff is really pushing hard to get boats out of the water and into the dry dock or on the travel lift. He said they’re using a wide range of workers that are skilled in welding, painting, carpentry, mechanics and fiberglass. Lots of fiberglass. He says Toledo should already be feeling the economic benefits of the yard’s operations. He says there are opportunities for expansion, but he adds “that’s going to take some time to think through and do it right.”
He reminds everyone that the boat yard is being operated as a green work place; environmentally friendly with toxic and waste capture processes in place. Shoemake says a number of boat yards up and down the west coast are being shut down for polluting their immediate environments. He says he aims to never have that happen in Toledo.Share on Facebook