UPDATE: Leisure Pools moving to old Sea Ray plant, creating 200+ jobs

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT)- Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty were in Knoxville on Wednesday to make it official. Leisure Pools is move is North American headquarters to Knox Co.

The company plans to invest $6.2 million in the new facility and expects to hire around 240 people.

“Tennessee continues to prove its competitiveness in today’s global economy,” Hagerty said. “When a highly respected international company like Leisure Pools chooses to grow in our state, it’s another example of how our ideal location, top-notch workforce and strong business climate sets us apart.

Leisure Pools will buy the former Sea Ray Island plant in Forks of the River Industrial Park., while Sea Ray is heading to downtown Knoxville to join its parent company Brunswick Boat Group in the First Tennessee Building, the company said in a statement.

“As a result of continued growth, Leisure Pools undertook a nationwide search to identify a larger manufacturing site to relocate the manufacturing operations and the company’s headquarters,” Leisure Pools President David Pain said.

Pain credited the area's highly skilled workers and geographical location as the key factors in the company's final decision.

Leisure says it plans to produce the largest and most technologically innovative fiberglass swimming pool manufacturing facility in the world on the 80-acre site.

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