Sea Ray reduces work force in Tennessee

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Sea Ray has laid off 70 workers at its Knoxville, Tenn., plant, Brunswick spokesman Dan Kubera confirmed this morning.

Also in Tennessee, 70 Sea Ray workers at the Riverview plant were laid off as part of the previously announced mothballing of that facility. Kubera described those cuts as part of the “wind-down process.”

Brunswick had announced in January the Riverview facility would be mothballed, with 300 jobs either lost or moving within the state.

In addition to Riverview, Brunswick has closed, mothballed or sold 14 other North American plants since 2006.

At a conference earlier this week, Brunswick’s CEO Dustan McCoy said sales of recreational boats may decline more than 20 percent in 2009.

McCoy said powerboat sales volume may fall below 150,000 units from 196,000 boats in 2008.


2 comments on “Sea Ray reduces work force in Tennessee

  1. Dennis DeSouza

    A robot can build a car! But you need craftsmen to build a boat.
    Hopefully Brunswick learned a lesson hiring Automotive Engineers (high paid) to run their plants.

  2. William Bruce

    The decline of the economy affects everyone in the marine industry. Comments that single out specific companies sound like a disgruntled employee rather than an individual with a serious thought. Robotics have their place with repetitive labor allowing companies to use their craftsmen to shine in areas such as mold care or other departments and not let their talents of their craftsmen be wasted. The big question should be ” What are they doing for the employees” like an attempt at job placement within the community or benefits packages that are lot.

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