Australia. Whittley International celebrates 1500th boat built at its Campbellfield factory Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 November 2006
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The 1500th Campbellfield boat is a Cruiser 550, heir to the tradition of the classic Whittley Impala 530, which it now officially replaces in production.

Production began at Campbellfield on 25 September 2003, in the in 50th anniversary year of Australia’s most respected builder of trailerable family cruisers.

Whittley Co-Owner and Managing Director, Neville Whittley, said it had been a busy few years for the company.

“When we moved into the Campbellfield factory, we were in the post boat-show rush and our boat production had to hit the ground running,” he said. “Since then we have been too busy building boats to even have an official opening.”

The state-of-the-art plant is a fully integrated design and production facility incorporating a research and development department using computer aided design (CAD) and advanced environmental control systems within the 11,000 square metre complex.

Whittley’s 1500 milestone figure does not include production of the Savage fibreglass range, although it does include an increasing local output of models from the affordable Clearwater by Whittley range.

Only one Clearwater – the 2100 Walkaround – is still imported from Whittley’s American factory in Willacoochee, Georgia, which also builds the Cruiser 550, 630 and 660 models under their US models names of 2080, 2380 and 2590.

Whittley founder Jim Whittley joined his sons Neville and Steve Whittley to celebrate the production milestone and to present the last Impala as a retirement gift to Reggie Trevithick, who has built hundreds of Impalas at the rate of “an Impala a week” over the past 19 years.
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