Manitou Pontoon Factory in Lansing Adding 200 Jobs

BRP Inc. today announced it will add close to 200 jobs at its Manitou manufacturing plant in Lansing, nearly doubling its workforce in Michigan.
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BRP Inc. has expanded its Manitou manufacturing plant in Lansing, nearly doubling its Michigan workforce. // Courtesy of BRP Inc.
BRP Inc. has expanded its Manitou manufacturing plant in Lansing, nearly doubling its Michigan workforce. // Courtesy of BRP Inc.

BRP Inc. today announced it will add close to 200 jobs at its Manitou manufacturing plant in Lansing, nearly doubling its workforce in Michigan.

BRP, which in 2018 added the Manitou brand as part of its acquisition of Triton Industries Inc., will begin construction in April to expand its pontoon boat plant in Lansing while adding manufacturing and warehousing capacity in St. Johns (north of Lansing).

“BRP has continued to grow its marine portfolio with strategic acquisitions of world class brands like Manitou, Alumacraft, and Quintrex, and expanding their production capacity,” says Karim Donnez, senior vice president, Marine Group, BRP. “As with all our products, we are committed to gaining market share in this sector and we rely on Michigan’s highly skilled and experienced workforce to continue helping us in achieving our goals.”

The company is actively looking for candidates to fill positions in the Lansing region, including welding, assembly and fabrication, engineers, and engineering technicians. For more information about open positions, visit Manitou’s website.

With the assistance of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), BRP received performance-based workforce training credits and grants as part of the expansion. The package includes workforce development support from local colleges, and Capital Area Michigan Works as well as job creation incentives from Michigan Economic Development Corp.

“BRP’s continued investment in Michigan underscores our state’s manufacturing leadership, the strength of our business climate, and talented workforce,” says Quentin Messer Jr., CEO of the MEDC and president and chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund.

BRP’s portfolio of brands includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am on and off-road vehicles, Alumacraft, Manitou, Quintrex boats, and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts and recreational aircraft.

Based in Valcourt, Quebec, Canada, the company also offers parts, accessories, and apparel. With annual sales of $6 billion (CA) from more than 130 countries, BRP employs more than 14,500 people.

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