Last month Representative Andrew Clyde (GA-09), who represents one of many key boating markets in Georgia, visited the Chaparral and Robalo Boats facilities in Nashville, Georgia.
Led by Buck Pegg, Founder of Chaparral, alongside Ann Baldree, Senior Vice President, and Mike Fafard, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering, Representative Clyde toured the combined 1.2 million square foot manufacturing facility and received a briefing on Chaparral’s economic impact and contributions to the state including the employment of over 950 Georgians.
During the visit, attendees had the opportunity to meet with company leadership, tour the plants, and learn more about company operations while discussing a number of legislative priorities for the recreational boating industry. Discussion included the importance of maintaining fair boating access, the reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently proposed North Atlantic right whale vessel speed restriction rule.
“Congressman Clyde was very engaged in the production process, and we enjoyed our time with him. He has a varied and interesting background of being both a Georgia business owner and a military veteran which serves our State in critical areas,” said Ann Baldree, Senior Vice President, Chaparral Boats. “We would like to thank Congressman Clyde for taking the time to visit with us and look forward to continuing our relationship with him and his staff for the advancement of our industry and policy concerns.”
For additional questions or if you are interested in scheduling a facility visit with state legislators or members of Congress, please contact NMMA manager of Southeast policy and engagement, Ben Murray, at [email protected]
Photo: U.S. Representative Andrew Clyde (GA-09) toured the Chaparral and Robalo Boat facility in Nashville, Georgia, with Chaparral Executives Buck Pegg, Ann Baldree, and Mike Fafard along with NMMA’s Ben Murray (L to R: Ben Murray, Ann Baldree, Buck Pegg, Representative Andrew Clyde (GA-09), and Mike Fafard).