|Sea Ray® Joins the NMMA, Interior Secretary Zinke & Members of Congress to Celebrate the Outdoors|
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 20, 2017) — On Tuesday, July 18, Sea Ray participated in the Made in America Outdoor Recreation Media Event, joining the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Members of Congress and members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) for a discussion of how public-private partnerships can improve visitor experiences on public lands and waters.
NMMA President Thom Dammrich, an ORIR member, opened the meeting by introducing almost 30 opportunities for immediate private investment on public lands totaling more than $80 million, just the first wave of potentially thousands more opportunities that will emerge over the next few months if changes can be made to welcome more private investment to enhance recreational experiences on public lands.
Sea Ray was one of only three marine manufacturers chosen to attend and have a boat on display. “We’re honored to have been invited to participate in this event,” said Scott Ward, president and general manager of Sea Ray Sport Yachts and Yachts. “As a leading manufacturer of American-made boats, Sea Ray is committed to championing our country’s natural resources and enabling boaters to enjoy them to the fullest. Together with our dedicated dealer network, our fellow manufacturers and organizations like the NMMA, we’re proud to champion boating as one of the best ways to get outdoors.”
The outdoor recreation industry generates $887 billion in direct spending and supports 7.6 million jobs across all 50 states. In recreational boating alone, there are an estimated 38,400 manufacturing jobs that drive 472,000 marine industry jobs. Recreational boating produces $36 billion in expenditures each year through an estimated 35,000 small businesses.
The meeting was followed by a showcase of American-made outdoor recreation equipment, held at Simón Bolivar Park across from the Department of Interior as part of “Made in America Week” in D.C. Local dealership Prince William Marine Sales, a Certified Brunswick Platinum Master Dealer and Top 100 Marine Industry Hall of Fame Dealer, provided a Sea Ray SPX 210 for the display. The sport boat, one of several models in the popular and accessible SPX series, was manufactured at Sea Ray’s Tellico Plant in Vonore, Tennessee.
“Outdoor recreation is a vital contributor to the economic well-being of America and the healthful well-being of everyone who lives and plays here,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager of Sea Ray Sport Boats and Sport Cruisers. “Sea Ray is proud to produce boats, like the SPX 210, that empower enjoyment of the outdoors while creating jobs and opportunities for our community and our nation.”
For more information about the company and to view the complete lineup of Sea Ray boats, please visit searay.com.
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