Humminbird kicks off construction on expansion project at Alabama facility

Humminbird kicks off construction on expansion project at Alabama facility
Marine electronics maker Humminbird officially began construction on a multimillion-dollar expansion project at its manufacturing plant in Eufaula. The project will create 77 jobs at the facility. (Humminbird / Johnson Outdoors)

Humminbird, a leading maker of marine electronics products, has launched construction on a multimillion-dollar expansion at its Eufaula facility to meet strong consumer demand for its technologies.

The expansion will expand the production and assembly areas at the plant by 25%. The project is scheduled to be completed in late 2022.

In a September announcement, Humminbird said it plans to add 77 positions by early fall, with direct assembly workers accounting for about half of the new hires. The company said it will also recruit technicians, supervisors and workers in shipping, IT, human resources and technical support.

At the time, the Eufaula plant employed 222 full-time workers, along with 65 part-time staff.

“Participation in fishing has always been high, and it’s even higher now because on-the-water recreation affords people the space and tranquility they want right now. Over the last six years, Humminbird has seen tremendous growth and we expect it to continue to grow,” said Craig Packard, the plant’s general manager.

“To increase our capacity to meet future demand, we are investing in continuing to expand our facilities.”

Humminbird’s depth finders are helping anglers win fishing tournaments, and growing demand for its products is driving an expansion at the company’s factory in Eufaula. (Johnson Outdoors / Humminbird)

‘Growth potential’

The 29,000-square-foot expansion includes the installation of solar rooftop panels as well as four EV charging stations in the parking areas. This project follows a 17,000-square-foot addition that was completed in May. That project increased warehouse space by 40%.

“Humminbird is an important part of the city’s history, and the same pioneering spirit that started the company is still alive today. The product innovation and industry-leading technology continue to make this a strong business,” Eufaula Mayor Jack Tibbs said.

“We are both proud and excited for this expansion, and we appreciate the investment and new jobs that have been created. We wish the company continued success in the future,” Tibbs said.

Tibbs and Packard were among the speakers at a groundbreaking ceremony at the plant site.

Pattie Smith, a 45-year veteran of the company, and Shantrice Brinson, one of the newest hires who joined Humminbird in 2021, also participated in the ceremony, which emphasized the contributions of employees in the company’s success.

“This expansion project represents an exciting new chapter for Humminbird in Eufaula,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “It also underscores the fact that the company has real confidence in its Alabama workforce and in the operation’s growth potential.”

Humminbird, founded in 1971 and now part of Racine, Wisconsin-based Johnson Outdoors, produces marine electronics products including fish finders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers and premium cartography products.

This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.

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