Brunswick cutting back at Florida plant

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Boston Whaler plans to lay off about 250 employees from its Edgewater, Fla., plant.

The company notified the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation of its intent last Friday, according to a spokesman with the agency. By law, companies are required to notify the agency of upcoming layoffs.

The layoffs are scheduled to take place between June 30 and July 28.

“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 spokesman Dan Kubera said this morning.

“As part of this effort, we have been taking downtime at all of our plants at various times this year. Indeed, we will be suspending production at most of our U.S.-based fiberglass manufacturing plants during July,” he added.

These actions are part of managing a cyclical marine business, according to Kubera.

In March, Sea Ray, another Brunswick brand, announced plans to lay off 400 workers at its Merritt Island, Fla., production facility. Those layoffs were scheduled to begin May 28 and run through July 31.

— Beth Rosenberg
b.rosenberg@tradeonlytoday.com

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