Florida Governor Celebrates with our Team!
Bill and Ralph Meloon, recipients of the Governor's Ambassador Award
Florida Governor Rick Scott with Nautique employees
Our team was honored today with another visit from Florida Governor Rick Scott. The Governor joined us to celebrate both our team’s recent accomplishments and also our company’s new expansion plan.
Our employees appreciated the words of congratulations he offered. It was a fun morning!
First, we all celebrated the recent announcement that Nautique was named Florida’s 2014 Manufacturer of the Year! We were excited to be acknowledged this way, particularly in a State with over 18,000 other manufacturers. We have an amazing team who have worked very hard to create a remarkable culture which has produced great results. We appreciate both the Manufacturers Association of Florida (MAF) and the Governor for recognizing what our team has attempted to build.
Next the Governor helped us celebrate a significant comeback from the downturn of a few years ago. In the last four years Nautique, despite operating in a market that is just over 50% of what it was a few years ago, has grown substantially. An increase in domestic market share combined with record international sales has put Nautique ahead of where we were before the downturn.
Finally, while the Governor was with us we were happy to announce some significant plans for the future:
Finally, a couple years ago I was honored to be presented the Governor’s Ambassador Award as someone who has worked to support Florida business and make the State a better place. I was really excited today that Ralph Meloon was presented with the same award. Ralph is an important part of our team and we were all happy for him!
- First, we announced an eight million dollar expansion of our Nautique facility in Orlando.
- Second, we announced a growth plan driven by the new facility that will result in Nautique hiring over 200 new employees.
- Third, we were happy to announce the imminent opening of our new boat and cable park in South Florida, Miami Watersports Complex (MWC)!
It was a great morning; our entire team appreciates Governor Scott taking time out of his busy schedule to spend time with us.
I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by an amazing group of people. Our team is second to none in the industry. We work really hard, enjoy a great culture, try to make the world better, and have a lot of fun!
The world’s best ski boat; the world’s best wake boat; and, a company that cares!