Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal celebrated the 50th anniversary of Chaparral Boats by presenting company founder Buck Pegg and president Jim Lane with a special commendation Thursday at Chaparral and Robalo's headquarters in Nashville, Ga.
The event, attended by nearly 600 employees and more than 50 state, local and county officials, recognized the economic impact of Chaparral and Robalo in Nashville, Berrien County and the state of Georgia.
"I can't think of a more appropriate way to launch our 50th anniversary celebration than having Governor Deal address the employees at Chaparral and Robalo Boats," Lane said in a statement that praised local and state officials who have supported the manufacturer.
"When the decision was made to move Chaparral to Nashville, Georgia, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made," Pegg said. "The work ethic and talent here is second to none. We have numerous employees that have been with the company 30 or more years."
Deal commended Pegg and Lane for numerous civic contributions and the perseverance necessary to accomplish 50 years in business under the same management team.
Chaparral, founded in South Florida in 1965, moved to Nashville in 1976, where it operates a 1.2 million-square-foot manufacturing facility.
Chaparral is the largest employer in Berrien County. City officials estimate that the company has more than a $125 million impact on the local economy.
Representing Chaparral's more than 150 domestic dealers were key dealerships from Georgia, including Atlanta Marine, Huggins Outboard and Crowe Marine. Representing the company's international dealer network was Pride Marine from Ontario, Canada.