Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., toured Chaparral Boats Inc.’s facility in Nashville, Ga., which includes a million square feet of manufacturing space and employs 1,000 people full time.
Perdue toured the plants’ facilities and witnessed the manufacturing process first-hand. An industrial engineering graduate from Georgia Tech, Perdue discussed issues like workforce development and trade with the entire team.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association, which helped facilitate the visit, encourages members to work with them on scheduling factory visits with their respective elected officials to highlight the recreational boating industry.
“I was extremely impressed with Senator Perdue’s knowledge of the current issues facing our industry,” said Chaparral founder Buck Pegg in a statement. “With his background as a Fortune 500 CEO, he was very familiar with the workforce challenges we are facing as well as the negative impact of the tariffs, both U.S. imposed and retaliatory. It was encouraging to converse with a politician who had been responsible for a large payroll and was pro-business.”
"I haven’t had the boat bug in 10 years, but this has been wonderful," said Senator Perdue.” Recognizing the $4.3 billion economic impact that the recreational boating industry has in the state of Georgia, Senator Perdue enthusiastically agreed to join the Congressional Boating Caucus during his visit.
“We were honored to have Senator Perdue visit our production facilities,” said Ann Baldree, senior vice president at Chaparral. “He is an advocate for our industry and fully comprehends our challenges and opportunities. He was interested in what it would take to support our growth and to continue to sustain our local economy. We have been the largest employer in our region for over 50 years, and our local economic impact is substantial.”