PHOTO COURTESY SPECTRE POWERBOATS RIDE LIKE THE WIND — Spectre Powerboats. a designer and manufacturer of speedboats like these, has relocated to DeLand from central Ohio

Spectre Powerboats, a high-performance pleasure-boat design-and-manufacturing company, has relocated to DeLand from central Ohio. Spectre is currently configuring a 26,000-square-foot facility on the DeLand Municipal Airport, and hopes to commence operations before year’s end.

“We are excited to be in Florida, in closer proximity to 85 percent of our customers,” said company President Todd Lamb in a news release from Team Volusia Economic Development Corp. “And we are especially pleased to have landed in the DeLand area in Volusia County. The area offers an exceptional quality of life and a great business climate.”

Lamb is a veteran of boat manufacturing and racing. He began in 1992 at the age of 18, building small race boats out of parts from crashed boats.

“I could not afford to build new-from-new, so I built new boats from recycled and discarded boats. I kind of snuck into the industry,” he said in the release.

Lamb has long had a fascination with speed and performance. He has turned this passion into a lifelong career of designing and building boats.

Lamb navigated his way through a pandemic crisis that hit Spectre hard in several ways, and reaffirmed his longtime desire to relocate to Florida.

Spectre expects to open with a staff of 15, which likely will grow to 20 within a few months. The average annual wage for its staff will be $40,000, totaling an annual payroll of $1.6 million. Configuring their plant is requiring another roughly $3 million.

“The addition of Spectre Powerboats to our corporate roster . . . underscores DeLand’s role as a host for sports-related activities,” Nick Conte, economic development manager for the City of DeLand, said in the news release.

Conte told The Beacon that Lamb and his family have already moved to DeLand. Karen Lamb also works for Spectre Powerboats, and a teenage daughter is already enrolled at DeLand High School.

”They’ve been looking at Volusia County for several years, and liked the possibility of living in DeLand,” Conte said. “They fell in love with the community 30-plus months ago.”

In addition to the quality of life and pro-business climate he has found in Volusia County, Lamb is pleased with the central location — near the convergence of Interstate 95 and Interstate 4, the crossroads of Central Florida. Nearby lakes provide space for product testing.

He also cited the proximity of DeLand to Florida’s High Tech Corridor, a hotbed of manufacturing, research, development and innovation.

“We welcome Spectre Powerboats to our community and our growing roster of marine manufacturers,” said Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald. “Spectre’s move to Volusia County is another indication that this is a great place to do business.”

Lamb said Team Volusia was instrumental in the site-search process, and made introductions to local partners who could provide services and support to Spectre.

“Their counsel and assistance helped us in making many important decisions in a timely manner, keeping our relocation on schedule,” he said in the news release.

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