BRP plans closure of Wisconsin distribution center

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Bombardier Recreational Products says it will close its Wisconsin distribution center in the fall of 2015.

The closing is the result of the company’s announcement that it is outsourcing its distribution center services in North America, according to the Beloit Daily News.

The closing of the center in Beloit will affect about 60 employees, BRP senior communications adviser Valerie Bridger told the Beloit Daily News. BRP has six distribution centers in the United States and Canada. About 200 employees are affected by the decision to outsource their services.

When the Beloit center is closed in 2015, the building will be put up for sale, Bridger said. She said there are no plans for layoffs until 2015 and that the Beloit employees were notified of the plans in May 2012.

The center in Beloit handled shipping parts and other merchandise the company makes.

Bridger said the company is working with affected employees, offering positions elsewhere in the company where possible and severance packages where applicable.

“We are trying to make sure all affected employees are offered options, be that with other employment or with packages,” Bridger said.

BRP acquired the Johnson and Evinrude brands of boat motors from Outboard Marine Corp. in 2001, along with the OMC warehouse facility in Beloit.

BRP, based in Canada, specializes in recreational motorized vehicles. Its brands include Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and boats, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles and roadsters and Rotax engines. BRP products are distributed in more than 100 countries and the company employs more than 6,000 people worldwide.

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2 comments on “BRP plans closure of Wisconsin distribution center

  1. Jeff

    I tend to see this as a positive move. Their market share has grown and is continuing to grow. They’ve just invested $15 million to enhance their state-of-the-art facility in Sturtevant, WI. Consolidation and trimming unnecessary costs is good business in this lingering soft marine retail market. No one has actually been cut, and word of this move was given to employees over a year ago. That’s a heck of a lot better than Mercury did to their Stillwater, OK employees. E-Tec motors are one of the really new and exciting things to happen in marine propulsion in a long time. We’ll be hearing a lot more positive things in the future.

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