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Old 02-05-2009, 03:02 PM
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Out of today's Mobile Press Register. Notice the quotes from THT'r Michael Dunlavy.

Saunders Yachtworks moves into $6 million Gulf Shores HQ
Thursday, February 05, 2009 By RYAN DEZEMBERStaff Reporter
GULF SHORES — Saunders Yachtworks has a lot to celebrate this month. Besides being the company's 50th anniversary and having recently being named Boatyard of the Year by the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, it has moved into a new, $6 million headquarters on the Intracoastal Waterway's north shore.

Sandwiched between Jack Edwards Airport and the shipping channel on about 14.5 acres, the facility is the first of a three-phase development that will eventually include a 3-acre boatyard, a 12,000-square-foot shop and several acres where the company envisions a sort of campus of complementary businesses — from canvas makers to yacht brokers, insurers and fabricators.

"This is all about becoming even more of a regional player," said Andrew Saunders Jr., primary shareholder and chairman of the privately held company's board.

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The company's current customer base generally stretches from Venice, La., to Destin, Fla., but it occasionally dispatches field technicians to sites worldwide, said Michael Dunlavy, vice-president and general manager. Dunlavy said the company hopes its expansion will lure yacht owners from as far as Texas, south Florida and the Great Lakes en route to south Florida or the Caribbean.

"There's a large yacht population that passes through here on their way to Florida," Dunlavy said. "We've invested more money to be more competitive, especially with south Florida, which is where we get most of our competition."

An Orange Beach boat yard, which the company has no plans to close, works on vessels up to about 60 feet. The Gulf Shores facility, which company officials say will feature the largest boat lift on the northern Gulf Coast, will allow Saunders to work on most boats up to 115 feet and some larger than that, Dunlavy said.

Gulf Shores City Councilwoman Carolyn Doughty welcomed the expansion.

"This is the type of a business that will end up attracting yachters from around the world to our community," she said. "It's going to be a tremendous asset, and it blends in with the tourism base that we already have."

Company officials expect to expand from about 50 to as many as 75 employees when the Gulf Shores boat yard is completed. Many of the new hires would be skilled craftsman earning between $15 and $25 an hour, President John Fitzgerald said.

Founded in 1959 by Andrew Saunders Sr. and a partner, the company originally repaired diesel and steam engines on commercial vessels. About 25 years ago, it took up yacht repair.

Two years ago, the Mobile-based commercial repair business, Saunders Engine & Equipment Co., was sold to a subsidiary of Kirby Corp. for $13.2 million. Saunders Yachtworks, which by then had become a stand-alone business, continued its operations near Terry Cove in Orange Beach.

In 2008, Saunders Yachtworks had $7.1 million in sales, Dunlavy said.
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Anybody know what Orange Beach Marina is going to do with that space from which Saunders will presumably exit?
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According to the article, they plan on keeping the Orange Beach Marina location open.

"An Orange Beach boat yard, which the company has no plans to close, works on vessels up to about 60 feet."
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This is catering to the very rich who isn't hurting in such economy.

This may be a good new - however this is no recovery for the majority of boaters in general.
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Good news in that it will creat jobs and they will spend more money, maybe in your businesses and stores . . . every little bit helps
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not 25 jobs at $15/hr. They won't be buying anything but food . . . and clothes from walmart (or salvation army).
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50 to 75 jobs at $15 to $25 an hour. Yeah, nobody would want those jobs...
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ANY good news .............is good news!! More importantly, Any job created is a good thing.

I for one, will happily listen to anything thats positive about the economy especially as it relates to the boating industry, these days!!!
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MONSTAWHALA - 2/6/2009 6:59 AM

ANY good news .............is good news!! More importantly, Any job created is a good thing.

I for one, will happily listen to anything thats positive about the economy especially as it relates to the boating industry, these days!!!
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Mike,

FYI there are thousands of people who would be overjoyed to take an entry level job @ $15 an hour. Folks with NO WORK worry about unemployment benefits running out before they can find a job. Any job!! Maybe folks up in NY and MA can sneer at $15 - $25 an hour but people with a work ethic want to work.

No offense, but are you on planet earth?
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I think Mike was on the Positive side of this thread instead of demeaning those opportunities. I think he was more responding to UaVaj about it not being such a big deal...
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bamaboy473 - 2/6/2009 10:29 AM

I think Mike was on the Positive side of this thread instead of demeaning those opportunities. I think he was more responding to UaVaj about it not being such a big deal...
Thanks man, your right, I was speaking tongue and cheek... Another reason to use Emticons I guess. Sorry for the confusion.

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No Sweat Buddy! Pitfalls of the internet
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I have to agree with MONSTA, any job creation right now is a great thing. Here in RI the unemployment rate is 10% and climbing. And people that have filed for unemployment a month ago still have no payments.
I am forutunate to have a job right now, but if I didnt $15.00 - $20.00 an hour would have to due.
It sure beats another tread about plant closings.
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not 25 jobs at $15/hr. They won't be buying anything but food . . . and clothes from walmart (or salvation army).
I wish I could find a "competent" marine tech of any kind who makes $15/hour in the Orange Beach,AL area........... particularly at a yard like Saunders. When you find them let me know.......
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jenkinsph - 2/6/2009 11:40 PM

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Is this directed towards me? I'm not sure how I mis-interpreted anything here. I read the whole thread, then I typed! I was mis-understood. No biggie. I might say, a few mis-read the thread, but not me. Perhaps I'm guilty of using facetious languange that does not translate well on a screen with no emotion.

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Anything that creates jobs instead of lay-offs is a good thing right now. $15-25/hr. may not buy a Porsche, but it will pay the rent and put food on the table....there are millions who aren't able to even do that.
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xl88,

I understand that $15 per hour is entry level. We're not talking about ship's carpenters, diesel mechanics, electricians, etc. here. More like guys apprenticing to a marine trade. Even if they are earning at $15 they cost more like $45 to $60 for payroll, taxes, benefits, breakage, etc. On a customer's invoice they will have to charge more to make a profit and stay in business.
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