Florida State Representatives Tom Leek and Bobby Payne Visits Everglades Boats

State Representative Tom Leek (F-25) and State Representative Bobby Payne (F-19) recently visited the Everglades Boats facilities in Edgewater, Florida. The tour, as apart of NMMA’s advocacy efforts and engagement, showcased Everglades' two facilities and highlighted the economic impact recreational boating has in the state of Florida. The two facilities have a combined total of over 300 employees.

During the visit, Representatives Leek and Payne met with Everglades leadership, toured the plants, and met employees to learn about company operations and discuss industry priorities. Topics of discussion included workforce development, industry-education partnership, and industry economic impact.

Ben Cast, President and Chief Operating Officer at Everglades, thanked Representatives Leek and Payne for visiting Everglades, “Thank you to Rep. Leek and Rep. Payne for touring our facilities last week. We greatly appreciate their commitment to learning more about the recreational boating industry and our impact on local job opportunities within the Edgewater community and surrounding areas. We look forward to working with these legislators on providing a pipeline of employees into marine manufacturing through technical education and better awareness of the life-long benefits of local manufacturing.”

If you have questions or are interested in scheduling a facility visit with your state legislators or members of Congress, please contact NMMA vice president of state government affairs, David Dickerson, at ddickerson@nmma.org or NMMA manager of Southeast policy and engagement, Ben Murray at bmurray@nmma.org .