BOLIVAR, Mo. — A boat manufacturing that closed in Bolivar in 2009 will reopen and add more than 130 employees within its first year.

Officials with White River Marine Group, the manufacturing arm of Bass Pro Shops, announced Wednesday the plant would reopen because of strong customer demand for its boat brands.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the plant is expected to begin boat production in mid-April.

The plant previously housed aluminum boat manufacturing until it closed during the economic downturn in 2009.

The company said demand for its boat has grown because its brands are being offered at Cabela’s locations across North America after Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s last year.

White River Marine Group has several other facilities in Arkansas and Missouri.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader,

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