Brunswick adds to Hatteras and Cabo layoffs


Hatteras Yachts and Cabo Yachts announced another round of layoffs, the second since parent company Brunswick Corp. said the brands were up for sale earlier this month.

Another 40 people at the Hatteras and Cabo Yachts plant in New Bern, N.C., were told by officials Thursday that their jobs were cut, according to the New Bern Sun Journal.

A company release announcing the layoffs said the cuts came “as these brands continue to make adjustments to reflect market conditions,” the Sun Journal reported.

“Hourly employees were notified in person together as a group this morning; salaried employees were notified individually,” Brunswick spokesman Dan Kubera told the newspaper. “All affected employees were given additional information and offered assistance with any questions by our human resources staff.”

“I can't speculate if there will be any further actions similar to this morning, but I can tell you that we will continue to manage to business conditions, which is what we have always done,” Kubera told the paper Thursday.

The sales process is “ongoing,” Kubera said, but he would not offer further comment.

The size of Hatteras’ workforce has fluctuated through the years and the New Bern plant nearly shut down in the winter of 2010 and 2011. Surviving with some rework jobs and new orders just in the nick of time, the company continued to refine its products. It rebuilt its work force to more than 500 employees before the recent cuts.

Hatteras reduced its work force by 105 on Jan. 3 and announced plans to sell the Hatteras and Cabo Yachts brands in its marine division.

The two rounds of layoffs mean that about 390 are currently employed at what was once Craven County’s largest private employer, with about 1,400 people.

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