Sea Ray turns 60

Employees at Sea Ray’s Tellico facility at its 60 anniversary celebration.

Employees at Sea Ray’s Tellico facility at its 60 anniversary celebration.

Sea Ray, celebrating its 60 anniversary this, year held an event for employees at its Tellico manufacturing facility in Vonore, Tennessee. Since opening in 1983, the Tellico plant has produced more than 160,000 boats.

“It’s important to celebrate milestones like the one we’re celebrating now with Sea Ray,” said Steve Langlais, Sea Ray president, in a statement. “We kicked off our anniversary celebration in May with a dealer celebration event and are continuing that theme with our manufacturing centers in Tenn. and Fla.”

During the event, more than 600 employees enjoyed lunch and raffle prizes and watched a video highlighting the last 60 years. Ninety-nine employees have worked at the facility for 25 years. Langlais wrote each of them a thank-you card and presented a token of appreciation.

“It’s a great brand, but it’s the dedication of the employees that truly differentiate this company from the other boat builders in the area,” said Kellie Hood, director of human resources for Sea Ray in the statement. “When you think about one out of every six people you meet have been with the company for at least 25 years, it’s quite astounding.”


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