Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., toured the Chaparral Boats Inc. manufacturing facility on Tuesday to learn about the company, as well as the marine industry in general.
Collins, who is a member of the Congressional Boating Caucus, had a chance to see how the manufacturing process works at the one million-square-foot facility that employs 800 full-time employees in southern Georgia.
During the tour, Collins and the Chaparral team — led by company founder Buck Pegg and senior vice president Ann Baldree — touched on a range of issues, including the need for access to an expanded workforce, as well as a potential timeline for a Covid-19 vaccine.
"As our country works to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s companies like Chaparral Boats that are making the difference today,” Collins said in a statement. “It was clear to me during my visit that Chaparral’s executives and workers are dedicated to creating jobs and quality products here in Georgia, which is vital for the future of our state.”
Collins added that he appreciated the tour and looks forward to watching Chaparral, which is part of Marine Products Corp., continue to grow.
“Since Congressman Collins grew up, lives and represents the district encompassing Georgia’s largest boating area, it was wonderful meeting him and having the opportunity to show him our Chaparral and Robalo production facilities,” said Pegg.
The company appreciates support from elected officials and the impact they have on the local economy and the company’s future, said Pegg.
“Many issues facing the marine industry are decided in Washington D.C., and it is important for our elected officials to understand and support our industry,” said Pegg. “We also enjoyed the visit and the meaningful conversations concerning Covid-19 and workforce development. It was important for the Chaparral team to personally thank Congressman Collins for being a supportive member of the Congressional Boating Caucus.”