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At a glance
Nautic Global Group
Business: Nautic builds more than 200 models of recreational boats, including fishing boats, pontoons and sport boats. Grouped under seven brand names, the boats are sold by almost 400 dealers worldwide.
Headquarters: Elkhart
Locations: Three
Founded: 2005 through a merger of Godfrey Marine, founded 1958, and the Rinker Boat Co., founded in 1945
Ownership: Privately held
Employees: More than 900
Nautic Global Group is going into a hiring frenzy.

Boat-maker to hire 110 workers

Demand boosts Elkhart company

Increased demand is buoying an Elkhart boat-maker, sending Nautic Global Group into a hiring frenzy.

The company hopes to add 110 production workers over a two-week span as part of a $1 million business ramp up, spokesman Jeff Roth said Monday.

Of those, more than 40 new jobs are being created at the manufacturer’s Kosciusko County operation.

Nautic officials will interview candidates from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at 300 E. Chicago St., Syracuse. Job seekers must first complete an online application at

The open positions include fiberglass specialist, assembly, welder, wire harness builder, riveter and laminator.

Pay ranges from $10 to $18.25 an hour, depending on experience. Full-time employees can also sign up for health insurance.

Successful candidates can expect to begin working next week, Roth said.

Customer demand has prompted Nautic to reopen factories that were closed as the company consolidated production during the recession.

The pleasure boat manufacturer’s product line ranges from 10-foot aluminum fishing boats to 36-foot cabin cruisers with sleeping accommodations and galleys. Brand names include Rinker, Polar Kraft and Hurricane.

Nautic’s Elkhart campus has eight buildings.

The Syracuse campus at 300 E. Chicago St. has five facilities, and the one at 300 W. Chicago St. has four buildings, Roth said.

Expanding back into separate buildings allows the company to separate fabrication work from assembly work, for example.

Now, officials need the employees to make it happen.

“We’re looking for people immediately,” Roth said.

“I think right now a good chunk of what we’re experiencing is pent-up demand. … People are tired of tucking their money under their mattresses.”

What about Nautic’s human resources staff?

How are they handling increasing the workforce by 12 percent over about 10 workdays?

“They’re going crazy right now,” Roth said, laughing.