Furloughed workers return to Hatteras

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About 200 Hatteras Yachts employees returned to work last week, their first full week since a July 1 furlough.

“We have called back all of the hourly people who were on temporary furlough and are in the early stages of looking like we’re a real business again,” Bill Naumann, Hatteras Yachts chairman, told the New Bern (N.C.) Sun Journal.

The company, which once employed about 1,400 people at the New Bern plant, has been trimming for several years, with major organizational changes in 2008 that included layoffs, followed by another layoff in January 2009 that cut 330 jobs.

The June 2 announcement of a summer shutdown with furloughs for all except key management and maintenance staff was said to affect about 300 employees and placed about 90 on “indefinite furlough.”

All of the layoffs that were initially planned did not materialize, and the plant was in a slowdown but not completely closed, the newspaper reports

Hatteras was established in 1959, and acquired by Brunswick Corp. in 2001.

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