The projected economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has led leadership of Regal Boats to close its Valdosta, Georgia manufacturing facility and consolidate operations at its Orlando, Florida headquarters.

The move was announced earlier this week, when Regal CEO Duane Kuck and executive VP/COO Tim Kuck travelled from Orlando and met with the 105 employees in Valdosta to explain the situation, share plans and answer questions.

“We concluded that consolidating manufacturing operations will lower costs while providing a sharper focus, more streamlined operation and an accelerated emphasis on continual improvement,” said Duane Kuck in a statement.

The Georgia employees will be on the job through the end of May to complete orders and shut down the facility.

According to the statement, Valdosta employees will be provided financial assistance through the Kuck family’s philanthropic “Regal Cares” program, which is supported through Helping Hands Inc, a national charity providing financial assistance to individuals in need. Besides continued employment and benefits through closure, Valdosta team members will also have direct and ongoing access to optional HR and outsourcing support along with family counselling services.

The Kuck family is hoping Valdosta employees will consider relocating to Orlando.

Regal Marine was founded in 1968 by Paul Kuck, who purchased the 165,000sq ft former Bayliner Marine facility in Valdosta in 2001. The Orlando HQ should have no trouble absorbing the production into its 500,000sq ft facility.