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Luhrs consolidating operations; closing Florida plant

Executives at Mainship Corp. and Luhrs Corp. say the companies are returning to their roots with the relocation of manufacturing operations to Luhrs Marine Group’s Millville, N.J., plant.

Beginning in January, Luhrs and Mainship models will be manufactured concurrently with Silverton and Ovation units. This will lead to the closing of the St. Augustine, Fla., plant, with the transfer of tooling to begin immediately. The company did not say how many staff reductions would result from the move.

“It’s all positive,” Brett Marshall, vice president of sales and marketing, told Soundings Trade Only this morning. “We’re not saying anything negative about the move.”

Marshall said the move comes after an 18-month evaluation of the production and cost efficiencies that would be realized by the centralization of the Power Boat Division in Luhrs Marine Group’s Millville plant. Hunter Marine (the group’s fifth company) located in Alachua, Fla., — as well as Luhrs Marine Limited, in the United Kingdom — will continue their operations at their existing locations.

“It’s been planned,” said Marshall. “It’s all about the strengthening of Luhrs Marine Group. We’re going back to our roots in New Jersey.”

Warren Luhrs said the boat companies will be significantly strengthened by the centralization of design, engineering, manufacturing, parts fabrication, purchasing, and customer service at our Millville plant.

“The decelerated economy, in combination with our previous planning, has enabled us to implement our relocation and centralization planning and become a stronger group of boat-manufacturing companies,” Luhrs said in a statement.

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