Boat builders cutting back

ARLINGTON, Wash. and HOLLAND, Mich. – Brunswick Corp.’s Arlington, Wash.-based Bayliner manufacturing plant will furlough 425 employees for about a month and Tiara Yachts announced the layoff of 95 employees and an additional 70 employees on a “one-week hiatus” according to online articles by the Komo News and MLive, respectively.

As suggested in previous communications from Brunswick Corp., the company told the Komo News that it is temporarily halting fiberglass boat production at this facility. The furlough affects those employees who work specifically in manufacturing, and the company said that the administrative, customer service, sales and marketing employees will continue to report to work.

At Tiara, the company’s layoffs follow a previous layoff announcement earlier this month. This time, the Web site reported, 95 employees will be indefinitely laid off by the first week of August and another 70 employees will be on a “one-week hiatus” next week.

"After these adjustments, we believe we are staffed at the appropriate level for 2009," David Slikkers, chief executive officer of S2 Yachts, Tiara's parent company, said in a release. "We remain committed to actions that stabilize corporate profitability. We are secure if we are profitable."

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