Brunswick lays off workers in Tennessee

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Brunswick Corp. shut down two boat assembly lines in Ashland City, Tenn., laying off 135 workers.

The moves are related to Brunswick’s announcement last week that it was selling Triton Boats to Fishing Holdings, an affiliate of Platinum Equity, Brunswick spokesman Dan Kubera confirmed to Soundings Trade Only.

The production of Triton fiberglass boats will be relocated from Ashland City, Tenn., to Fishing Holding’s Flippin, Ark., plant

Lund fiberglass manufacturing will be moved to the Brunswick Boat Group’s Tellico fiberglass boatbuilding facility in Vonore, Tenn. Trophy fiberglass fishing boats will be built in Ashland City through the remainder of the year as Brunswick evaluates strategic alternatives, Brunswick said last week.

About 90 people will remain employed in Ashland City until Brunswick decides what to do with that line, The (Nashville) Tennessean reports.

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One comment on “Brunswick lays off workers in Tennessee

  1. Former BC employee

    As I was driving to work in Nashville this moring I passed a truck from Marine Master Trailers in Tullahoma. Triton was one of their large accounts.  I couldn’t help but think of the other local suppliers that made seats, livewells, lids, etc and see the number of local unemployeed rising to many hundreds.  And then I thought back to ’85 when I was still at Merc and there were 80,000 bass boats a year sold and nearly 10 manufacturers in the middle TN area that now are all gone.  Like many things in life times change and we have to adapt to the changes.  At least these moves are still staying in the country and just hitting local areas, but it is sad when it hits friends and former co-workers.

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