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RANGER BOATS CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Four Decades of Boat-Building Excellence Marked with Anniversary ModelsFLIPPIN, AR (July 31, 2007) A lot of things have changed in the last 40 years, but at Ranger Boats, the fishing and recreational platforms of customers' dreams are still built one at a time. With models that conform to the serious demands of boats and anglers everywhere, Ranger's commitment to quality has made it a lot of friends and fans over the last four decades.
As a celebration of the first 40 years - and as a kick off to the next 40 - Ranger Boats proudly announces the beginning of its 40th Anniversary model year, beginning with the first public viewing of the 2008 model year lineup at the Forrest Wood Cup in Hot Springs, Ark. Among the new models for 2008 are additions to the Comanche, Reata and VX Series, as well as a retro-styled all-around fishing platform inspired by Ranger's past. For big families and big water, there's also an even more versatile deck-style design that's likely created a completely new class of recreational boats.
In addition to the new models, Ranger also announces commemorative 40th Anniversary badging and color packages for the famed Z21 Comanche and 620VS.
"Ranger Boats owes where it is now to the way the company was started, through the sweat and diligence of our founders, Forrest and Nina Wood," said Ranger Boats President Randy Hopper. "They were adamant about building the best boat that an angler could ever hope for and took the steps necessary to make sure that Rangers were always out in front of the needs of anglers. That attitude and those principles are still with us today and this 40th Anniversary model year is a celebration of those founding principles, those ideals that have brought us so much success over these 40 years. We share in the success with our loyal customers and look forward to this year-long celebration with all of the Ranger Family."
Prior to producing the first Ranger boat in 1968, Forrest Wood worked as a fishing guide on Arkansas' fabled White River as well as a general contractor. In response to the need for better fishing boats for himself and clients, as well as a need for winter employment for the guides he employed during fishing season, Wood started Ranger in his hometown of Flippin. From humble beginnings through a devastating factory fire in 1971, Ranger - under the guidance of Wood - quickly gained the distinction as the best fishing platforms on the market and the choice of top professional anglers worldwide.
Today, Ranger Boats continues to lead the industry in innovation and design with its trailerable, fiberglass fishing boats. From freshwater lakes to saltwater bays, Ranger is synonymous with quality. Ranger owners have many choices in the boats they run, but choose Ranger for the features, the performance and the peace of mind that each model instills - the same reasons that people bought the first Ranger boats 40 years ago. So while many things have changed, Ranger quality has never gone out of style.
For more information on Ranger Boats' 40th Anniversary and the newest boats for 2008, go to www.rangerboats.com.
About Ranger Boats
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest quality, strongest performing boats on the water.
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