ORLANDO – Regal Marine Industries unveiled its new, 135,000- square foot yacht manufacturing facility in Orlando with a grand-opening ceremony attended by more than 1,200 Regal boat owners, community leaders, media representatives, Regal team members and their families, the company reported in a recent release.
Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty who was in attendance and called Regal, “One of the really great companies, I believe, in our nation,” before proclaiming March 31, 2007, “Regal Marine Industries Day.” Crotty and Belle Isle Mayor Bill Brooks performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the facility.
The ceremony had a dramatic kick-off when the new Yacht Center’s huge doors slowly folded open to the Star Wars theme song, revealing the impressive new Regal 5260 Commodore Express, the company’s flagship, afloat in one of the plant’s test tanks. Duane Kuck, President and CEO of Regal Marine, dedicated the new Yacht Center to his late parents, company founders Paul and Carol
“Dad had great vision. He could see farther than anyone,” Kuck said.
Paul Kuck had the foresight to purchase land adjacent to Regal headquarters for future use and who was the driving force behind this recent expansion. Today, Regal has 650,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space at its Orlando and Valdosta, Ga. facilities and employs more than 800 people.
The final phase of Regal Marine’s expansion project calls for the opening of a new 33,000-square foot Family Life Center on the same campus, which will be open to Regal team members and members of the local community. Amenities will include a conference center, fitness facility, lighted football stadium, baseball and volleyball courts.
It will also be the new home of Nathaniel’s Hope, the ministry founded by Regal’s Executive Vice President, Tim Kuck, and his wife Marie in their late son’s memory to help bring hope and resources to special needs (VIP) children.
“This is part of the dream that Mom and Dad had to give back to the community,” Kuck said. “We’re here to give.”
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