Brunswick: Trophy plant closing; Sea Ray trims ranks

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Brunswick Corp. plans to close its Cumberland, Md., plant and transfer production of Trophy offshore fishing boats to a plant in Ashland City, Tenn.

Manufacturing will cease at the Maryland plant at the end of the year, and about 115 production and support positions will be eliminated.

The Cumberland plant also will observe three weeks of furlough, during which time all boat production is temporarily stopped while the phase-out is completed, company officials said.

“As we deal with the global economic downturn and its impact on recreational marine markets, we are continuing to shrink our North American manufacturing footprint,” Brunswick chairman and CEO Dustan E. McCoy said in a statement. “This decision is no reflection upon the Cumberland work force or product, but the result of our need to develop a more efficient manufacturing footprint.”

In the last two years, Lake Forest, Ill.-based Brunswick has closed 12 other North American boatbuilding plants.

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In other Brunswick news, Sea Ray has laid off approximately 60 employees at its Product Development and Engineering center in Merritt Island, Fla. This includes hourly and salaried employees.

“This was done as an effort to more appropriately size our work force for the current U.S. marine market,” said Dan Kubera, a spokesman for Brunswick, which owns Sea Ray.

The PD&E had approximately 255 employees at the end of October.

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