Contender Boats Commits to American-Made

New Florida facility on the horizon as expansion continues

Contender president Joe Neber says production of all boats 32 feet and under will transfer to the new Fort Pierce facility, while all larger boats will continue to be built at the company’s headquarters location in Homestead, Florida.Courtesy Contender Boats

Since its inception in 1984, Contender Boats has led the industry in building semi-custom sportfishing boats — for fisherman by fisherman. That mission has only grown stronger over the years. In a market trending toward brand consolidation, Joe Neber, president and owner of Contender Boats, solidified Contender’s legacy as a family-owned, Florida-based company by purchasing a second manufacturing facility in Fort Pierce.

“The goal for the new plant is to move entirely to infusion, a modern lamination technique, and a cleaner manufacturing process,” said Neber. “You can’t produce the best boats on the market without the best team working together. That’s why I’m committed to working with experienced professionals who truly understand the product and the needs of our customers.”

Production of all boats 32 feet and down will transfer to Fort Pierce, while all larger boats will remain at the Homestead facility.

“The staff and team we’ve had at Contender have been a pivotal part of our success,” said Neber. “Now is the time to truly invest in the company, in Florida, and in our people to ensure the long-term success of the brand.”