Saunders Yachtworks celebrated its 50th anniversary last week with a gala event at the company's new headquarters in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Some 500 customers and friends joined Saunders employees and families to enjoy Gulf shrimp, grits, gumbo and green salad accompanied by music supplied by the Ted Knight Quintet. Event partners included the distributors of all of Saunders' authorized engine dealerships - Caterpillar, Cummins, John Deere, MAN and MTU. Each manufacturer had engines on display and key personnel on hand.
The company was founded in 1959 in Mobile, Ala., as Saunders Engine & Equipment Co. Inc. by Andrew Saunders, Sr. Today, members of the family's second and third generation represent the majority of company ownership and are active in management.
"We are very proud of our wonderful history, our tradition of performance and integrity begun by my father some 50 years ago," said Andrew Saunders, company chairman, in a statement. "It's very heartening to be able to share this beautiful new facility with our extended families, friends, customers and business partners."
The new 15,000-square-foot office, parts and shop facility is the first phase of the company's new boatyard project located along the Intracoastal Waterway in Gulf Shores. When completed, the facility will include a boatyard and basin capable of accommodating vessel of more than 100 feet.