Brunswick announces job cuts at Florida plant

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Employees at Sea Ray's Palm Coast, Fla., manufacturing plant were told today that slightly more than 100 people, mostly temporary employees, will be laid off, Brunswick spokesman Dan Kubera confirmed to Soundings Trade Only.

Of the people losing their jobs, 75 are temporary employees, he said. Palm Coast's total employment, including temporary workers, was approximately 460 at the end of August.

Additionally, the Palm Coast plant has added one week to its previously scheduled end-of-the-year holiday production shutdown, Kubera said.

"As with the recently announced extended production furloughs [at Sea Ray's Tennessee plants], we take these actions to help us continue to closely manage the pipeline and help safeguard the health of our dealer network, particularly in light of the sluggish economy and retail boat sales, which have trended down recently," Kubera said in an e-mail.

"This approach to helping to manage the pipeline more closely by balancing production, wholesale efforts and retail results has proved effective for us during this downturn and we believe it is a prudent action to take," he added.

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