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Hybrid boat maker to employ 400 in Caddo

VIVIAN, La. (AP) - A new boat manufacturer is coming to the Caddo Manufacturing plant in Vivian.

Epic Wake Boats has announced it will use the facility and twing the cut-and-cap pr produce its electric and hybrid boats. The Times of Shreveport reports that the company's plans also include producing two electric cars, which are built more for recreation than everyday commuting.

Epic officials say they plan to employ more than 400 people at the plant during the next few years.

Hundreds of people lost jobs a few years back when VIP Boats went bankrupt. Caddo Manufacturing LLC was formed to pull the company out of bankruptcy, but employment levels had been dwindling for years. At its peak, there were about 400 people working there.

Now there are about 40 left.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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