Beaufort County boatbuilder has new owners

BEAUFORT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - There's a new owner for a Beaufort County boatbuilder with some famous brands.

Custom Marine Group says it has acquired Baja Marine, which includes the Fountain, Donzi, Baja and Pro-Line brands.

The deal also includes the original Fountain factory on Whichards Beach Road in Chocowinity.

"I'm proud to enter into a successful journey with Custom Marine Group and excited for great things to come," said Custom Marine Group president Carol Price. Our possibilities are truly endless. This is just what our employees, local community, vendors, and current and future dealer partnerships need." Price is a 29-year veteran of Fountain Powerboats.

The company currently has 97 employees in Beaufort County, and Price says they hope to double that number while expanding the line for each boat group.

Baja Marine bought the Fountain, Donzi and Pro-Line brands in 2012 from American Marine Holdings.

Custom Marine Group says its headquarters will be at the plant in Chocowinity.