Sea Ray Plant Celebrates 30th Anniversary


Sea Ray Boats is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Tellico Lake manufacturing plant in Vonore, Tennessee.

“The Tellico Lake plant is emblematic of the dedicated Sea Ray network we currently have,” says Tim Schiek, Sea Ray Boat Group president. “Much more than Sea Ray employees and co-workers, these are friends and family. And for their hard work, I want to congratulate the Tellico Lake plant on 30 proud years.”

Sea Ray’s relationship with Monroe County, Tennessee, where the Tellico plant is located, began in 1983 when the company was looking to expand manufacturing operations. Sea Ray ultimately decided on Vonore and became the only major boat manufacturer to take up residence in the area. 

At the time the plant opened, Sea Ray advertised 30 jobs and more than 4,000 people applied. Today 13 of the original 30 still work at the plant, and more than 50 percent of the current employees have worked for the company for 20 years or longer.

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