Melbourne's Boeing plant, which closed in April of this year, resulting in the loss of over 100 jobs, has been given a new breath of life.
Bad Boy Inc. is leasing the facility to produce multi-terrain utility vehicles comparable to the John Deere Gator and Kawasaki Mule, according to the business's chief financial advisor, David Brogden.
The company's president, Phillip Pulley, was joined by Attorney General Mike Beebe and Congressman Marion Berry in Melbourne Oct. 30 for Bad Boy Inc.'s announcement.
"(Mayor) Mike Cone and the Melbourne Industrial Development Corporation have been trying to recruit Bad Boy since 2001when the old Boeing plant was available," Pulley said. "We are excited about the future opportunities this will provide for both Bad Boy Inc. and the Melbourne community."
Brogden said the new company will be a good employment opportunity for the area and that he expects the company to start taking applications for employment as the time gets closer for the facility to be up and running.
"We think it will be good for us and good for the city of Melbourne," Brogden said.