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Gibbs Acquires Auburn Hills Factory to Build Quadski

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The Gibbs Quadski in the water, with wheels at the ready for dry land. Gibbs Sports Amphibians photo.

The Gibbs Quadski in the water, with wheels at the ready for dry land. Gibbs Sports Amphibians photo.

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AUBURN HILLS — Gibbs Sports Amphibians Thursday announced the opening of a 54,000-square-foot factory in Auburn Hills to produce the Quadski, a combination jet ski and four-wheel all-terrain vehicle.

The Quadski, which travels at speeds upwards of 45 mph on both land and water, will be available in dealerships beginning in November.

“We are proud to be a part of Detroit’s history with the development of our new Quadski factory,” said Neil Jenkins, Gibbs chairman. “The revolutionary Quadski will set a new benchmark in personal power sports.”

The Quadski factory, located at 50 Corporate Drive, Auburn Hills, will ultimately be the home to more than 150 production, engineering and management employees. At maximum capacity, Gibbs expects to produce 20 Quadskis a day. The company expects production to begin in mid-October.

Fifteen years in development, the Gibbs’ Quadski is the first commercially available high-speed amphibious vehicle. HSA technology is the result of award-winning engineering and more than $200 million in research and development investment.  Gibbs holds more than 300 patents and patents pending related to HSAs for consumer, commercial and first-responder use.

Thanks to innovative HSA technology, the Quadski will be able to switch from land to water use, and vice versa, in a matter of seconds.  At the press of a button, the Quadski’s wheels retract when entering the water and deploy when approaching land.  The Quadski will be able to hit speeds of 45 mph on both land and water providing users with a unique experience, unparalleled performance and a fun ride.

Gibbs is a privately held business, founded by Alan Gibbs and Neil Jenkins, that consists of two divisions – Gibbs Sports Amphibians Inc., which designs and manufactures consumer sports amphibians including Quadski, and Gibbs Amphitrucks Inc., which builds commercial amphibians for first responder and military applications. More at www.gibbstech.com.

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