“On a scale of 1 to 10, the visit was a 12,” Correct Craft president and CEO Bill Yeargin told Trade Only Today.
David Bernhardt, the 53 U.S. Secretary of the Interior, used his visit to Correct Craft’s Orlando facility to announce a grant from the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program — a portion of which will go towards building pump out stations and educating boaters on the proper way to dispose of on-board sewage.
Secretary Bernhardt, a lifelong outdoorsman and boater (he reportedly owns a Parker, a subsidiary company of Correct Craft) spent two hours with Yeargin, and the CEO highlighted the powerful economic impact the boating industry has on the state of Florida and beyond — the company has 14 facilities across the country, with over 1,300 employees.
“It was an honor for our team to have Secretary Bernhardt visit Correct Craft today. We appreciate his interest in our company, our innovation initiatives, and our desire to make life better for people through outdoor recreation. We also enjoyed sharing Correct Craft’s unique culture of service with Secretary Bernhardt.” Yeargin said in a statement.
The Secretary was treated to tour of the Nautique factory and saw a glimpse of the future with the company’s in-build project Ingenity — an all-electric battery and propulsion system.
“It really was a great visit, we appreciate the Secretary’s focus on our industry and Correct Craft,” Yeargin added.
Later that day, Bernhardt further clarified the $54 million grant, with funding coming from the Clean CVA program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant.
“The boating community plays a crucial role in local economies, and keeping waterways safe, clean and accessible benefits anglers, other recreationists and wildlife,” Bernhardt said in a statement. “These programs facilitate responsible boater behavior, make substantial contributions to local economies and are great examples of the Department’s commitment to working with state and local partners to improve infrastructure and support conservation efforts.”