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Forza pours concrete for new manufacturing facility

Forza X1, developer of electric sport boats, is on course to complete construction of its new manufacturing facility later in 2024.

Concrete for the 60,000sqft floor has been poured and crews are scheduled to start setting steel on the 11-acre property in Marion, North Carolina.

“We are one step closer to realising our vision for a cutting-edge manufacturing facility,” said Forza’s executive chairman, interim CEO, and chief of product development, Joseph Visconti.

“Once it’s completed, we expect our facility will be capable of producing up to 550 boats annually utilising the latest in closed-molded composite boat building technologies. We’re looking forward to seeing the construction’s progress throughout the spring and into summer.”

The company announced the successful acquisition of the property in September 2023 after McDowell County completed rough grading and clearing of the site in the first half of 2023.

Production capabilities

When all phases of the factory are eventually completed, Forza anticipates the manufacturing facility will be as large as 100,000sqft with production capabilities for up to 1,000 boats annually.

Once the state-of-the-art factory is fully operational, the boatbuilder plans to integrate cutting-edge closed-molded composite boat-building techniques and electric motor assembly processes.

The integration aligns with Forza’s aims of creating, engineering, and producing electric boats that are inspiring and operate with a strong focus on sustainability and eco-friendliness.

Forza has previously said it plans to invest more than US$10.5 million in land, buildings, fixtures, infrastructure, and equipment and create as many as 170 jobs.

The boatbuilder has been working towards its relocation to North Carolina since July 2022.

Currently, Forza operates out of its 8,800sqft industrial space in Old Fort, North Carolina, as well as Twin Vee PowerCats’ factory in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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