Brunswick Corp. will close its Arlington yacht factory by year's end, laying off most of its 790 employees.
Brunswick Corp. will permanently shut its Arlington yacht factory by year’s end, idling most of the facility’s 790 employees, the recreational equipment company said today.
The Arlington plant, along with one in Roseburg, Ore., will close for good by year-end, and a plant in Navassa, N.C., will be mothballed. A fourth plant, in Pipestone, Minn., will permanently close early next year, Brunswick said in a statement
About 1,450 hourly and salaried positions at those plants will be eliminated as Brunswick battens down the hatches to survive what CEO Dustan McCoy called “the most turbulent economic times in recent history.”
Company spokesman Dan Kubera said “the vast majority” of the 790 workers at Brunswick’s Arlington plant will lose their jobs. The Arlington plant builds Meridian yachts and does research and development as well as some headquarters functions for Brunswick’s US Marine unit.
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“We do plan to maintain some sort of presence in Arlington, customer service, that sort of thing,” said Kubera.
In July, Brunswick furloughed employees in Arlington and other plants to reduce the pipeline of boats in production, he said. This summer the company also announced it would close four plants, but it had not previously identified them.
“Unfortunately it’s a case of falling retail demand; the pipeline remains too large,” said Kubera. “You’ve got very concerned, anxious people out there, and like any other large durable goods manufacturer, it’s a very challenging environment.”