Brunswick boat plants to suspend production

EDGEWATER, Fla. – Most of Brunswick Corp.’s U.S.-based fiberglass manufacturing plants will suspend production during July, the company said in a statement yesterday. Sea Ray and Boston Whaler have already filed notice with employees. The employee furloughs do not affect non-production employees such as administration, marketing and customer service.

Boston Whaler Inc. will temporarily layoff 250 employees between the end of June and the end of July, according to a recent article on the Orlando Business Journal’s Web site.

Sea Ray will furlough the production portion of its 1,800 employees in eastern Tennessee, a story on said today.

Although Boston Whaler is the ninth Brunswick Corp. boat brand or company to consolidate, cut back or cease production in 2008, CEO Dusty McCoy anticipated these moves earlier this year in an interview with Boating Industry.

In a statement released to Boating Industry, Brunswick indicated Boston Whaler and Sea Ray wouldn’t be the company’s only boat builder to slow things down this year.

“In managing our business, Brunswick is – and has been – producing fewer boats and engines to reduce marine pipeline inventories in the face of continued weak retail demand for boats,” Brunswick said in the statement. “As part of this effort, we have been taking downtime at all of our plants at various times this year.

“These actions are part of managing a cyclical marine business. At Brunswick, we will continue to closely monitor the marine market, and act accordingly.”

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