Chris-Craft cuts jobs, scales back production

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. – Chris-Craft has cut 15 production line jobs and one warehouse job at its Kings Mountain, N.C. facility, the The Star newspaper in Cleveland County, N.C., reported in a recent story on its Web site.

"Right now, we're calling it permanent cutbacks, but hopefully in the fall, we will be able to start ramping back up," company spokeswoman Meghan Stout told the newspaper. "We are doing the best we can in this economy, which is frustrating."

Stout also said Chris-Craft will scale back its production to one Catalina a week at its North Carolina facility. The company builds center consoles there, The Star reported.

"We were building two different models, but because of the slowdown in the boat industry, we will produce one a week to better manage inventory in the field,” Stout said. "Our 23 and 26 inventory is strong, and this week we're building a 29. We had just started building a Lancer 20 here as well as in Sarasota, but Catalina is what the crew here is trained to build, so that's what we're sticking with.”

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