Despite the workflow slowdown social distancing measures create, production—from protective masks for healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak to center consoles—has continued at Fountain Powerboats of Washington, N.C. Even on a quiet day, there’s a lot going in the expansive facility on the shore of the Pamlico River.
There’s never a dull moment at Fountain Powerboats these days. Photo by Mark Spencer courtesy/copyright Fountain Powerboats.
We were reminded of this last week when Fountain’s owner Fred Ross, chief operating officer Jeff Harris and director of dealer development Steve Pace, along with Mercury Racing’s Steve Miller, invited us to a Zoom video conference to introduce the new-for-2020 42 Lightning sportboat. Clearly, people had been working at the Fountain facility, which was deemed an essential manufacturing business in North Carolina and never completely shut down.
“I know I’ve been coming into the office every day,” Harris said, then laughed, during our Zoom meeting.
“Same here,” speedonthewater.com’s Jason Johnson and I chimed in.
And that reminded us that Mark Spencer, Fountain’s marketing and media relations man, sent us a slew of great images of men and women he captured working in the facility last summer. In particular, the photo above of a welder in action caught our eyes.
Whether a worker is building T-top or the company is releasing a new model, sparks fly—literally and figuratively—these days at Fountain.