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Chaparral Boats Travels to the Marine Industry's Premier Political & Legislative Event in Washington DC

Georgia Senator David Perdue agrees to join the Congressional Boating Caucus


Chaparral Boats is attending the American Boating Congress (ABC) in Washington, DC on May 13-15, 2019. The ABC offers an exclusive opportunity for those in the boating industry to meet with elected officials, hear from influential speakers, participate in workshops, and discuss issues impacting the recreational boating industry with key policymakers.

“The annual advocacy summit assists in developing new relationships and strengthening existing ones, which results in a stronger industry for boating as a whole,” said Ann Baldree, Senior Vice President of Chaparral and Robalo Boats. “By meeting with politicians on Capitol Hill, we are seeking to educate representatives on issues that impact our business.”

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) recently toured Chaparral Boats’ more than one million square foot manufacturing facility in an effort to learn more about the company and the recreational boat industry. Chaparral Boats employs 1,000 full-time workers in South Georgia and Senator Perdue was able to witness the manufacturing process first-hand.

Senator Perdue engaged the Chaparral team throughout his tour to discuss a range of issues including workforce development and trade, as well as production and logistics. These important topics are similar to those that will be covered at The American Boating Congress.

“I was extremely impressed with Senator Perdue’s knowledge of current issues regarding our industry,” said Buck Pegg, Founder of Chaparral Boats. “Senator Perdue’s background as a Fortune 500 CEO made him very familiar with the workforce challenges our company faces, 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.”

Senator Perdue recognizes the $4.3 billion economic impact that the recreational boating industry has in the state of Georgia, so he enthusiastically agreed to join the Congressional Boating Caucus during his visit.

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About Chaparral Boats, Inc & Robalo Boats, LLC.
Chaparral Boats, Inc. and Robalo Boats LLC are leading manufacturers of fiberglass boats under two brand names: sterndrive, jet, and outboard pleasure boats by Chaparral, including H2O Sport and Fish & Ski Boats, SSi and SSX Sportboats, Sunesta Sportdecks, Signature Cruisers, Vortex Jet Boats, SunCoast Outboard Sportdecks, and outboard sport fishing boats by Robalo. Chaparral Boats and Robalo Boats are subsidiaries of Marine Products Corporation (NYSE: MPX). For more information about Marine Products Corporation, Chaparral, and Robalo please visit our websites at,,, and

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