Chaparral parent company Marine Products Corp. opened a new 150,000-square-foot manufacturing plant at its Nashville, Ga., campus in response to increased demand for the new Vortex line of jetboats.
The new plant opened in mid-March and is dedicated to building the jetboats. It will initially add 65 jobs to Chaparral’s work force.
“I have been very impressed with the progress that we have made as we move toward our full production goals in Plant 5. I want to thank the city of Nashville for their support and work that allowed us to open the plant,” Chaparral founder Buck Pegg said in a statement. “David Connell is our new Plant 5 manager; I have all the confidence in the world in David and his team. I know they will do a great job producing the Vortex line.”
Along with Connell, the Plant 5 management team includes: Scott Adams, final line manager; Audie Cumbuss, lamination manager; Tom Wilson, wood shop supervisor; Jonathan Hendley, hull wiring lead; and Robert Trowell Jr., small parts supervisor.
“Opening this new plant has truly been a team effort. I want to thank all the departments and employees at Chaparral that have provided their full support and cooperation as we continue to move forward to achieve our full production potential,” Connell said.
The Chaparral Vortex was introduced last year and consists of a six-boat series: 203 VR, 203 VRX, 223 VR, 223 VRX, 243 VR and 243 VRX. The Vortex recently received the National Marine Manufacturers Association Innovation Award for its optional aerial surf platform.