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January 23, 2013

The Sumerset name lives on

Thoroughbred Houseboats looks to keep up standard of former industry leader


Somerset —

Four Sumerset boats have been contracted for production under the Thoroughbred umbrella so far, said Heinen — two have shipped out. 
Thoroughbred expects to produced 16-18 houseboats this year, with about four or five of them being Sumerset models. Next year, Heinen hopes to move up to 24 boats, with approximately half of them being Sumersets.
“I think it will make an impact,” said Heinen of the effect of the Sumerset name on Thoroughbred, which started in Albany, Ky., before moving to Wayne County. “Hopefully, we’ll sell more, and be able to increase personnel, and hire more people from Pulaski County as well as Wayne County.”
In that hiring, noted Heinen, would likely be former Sumerset employees who are well-acquainted with the product Thoroughbred is now producing.
The goal is to bring another 10-15 people on board this year and the same number next year, he said.
And maybe, Sumersets might one day be made in Somerset once again.
“In the future, we would consider expanding out of town,” said Heinen, “when the time comes that we can support that.”

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