Melbourne's newest business, Bad Boy Inc., that is taking over the former Boeing plant, should finish its expansion into the Melbourne community by early 2007, according to company co-owner Robert Foster.
Within less than six months after the plant closed in April, Batesville-based Bad Boy Inc. signed a 10-year lease agreement with an option to purchase with the Melbourne Industrial Development Corporation on Oct. 30.
Though the company will continue to manufacture its mowers at their Batesville location, the 100,000-square-foot Melbourne plant, which sits on 33.4 acres with 58,000 square feet of manufacturing area, will be used to manufacture Bad Boy's new multi-terrain vehicle, according to company co-owner Robert Foster.
According to the company Web site, the first Bad Boy mowers were built in a small, private shop in Diaz, Ark., in 1998.
Company co-owners Phillip Pulley and Robert Foster started with the sole purpose of producing Bad Boy zero-turn commercial lawn mowers. Today Bad Boy boasts the industry's strongest deck, an exclusive swingaway design that opens the operating system for maintenance and the industry's highest horsepower engines.
Bad Boy currently produces 26 lines of zero-turning radius lawn mowers and is in competition with over 30 other mower companies throughout the United States.
Those interested in ordering a mower or possible employment opportunities can learn more about Bad Boy Inc. at www.badboymowers.com.