Nordic Tugs to temporarily close Washington plant

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Nordic Tugs announced that it will temporarily close its Burlington, Wash., manufacturing plant on Tuesday.

Most employees will be furloughed, according to a company statement, but a skeleton staff will remain to field customer inquiries and maintain the plant to keep it prepared to resume production when business improves.

The action "has been forced by the ongoing effects of the Great Recession and the reluctance of customers to order new boats," according to the manufacturer.

Nordic Tugs was founded in 1979 and builds tug-style yachts ranging from 26 to 54 feet that are sold through dealers in Europe and Asia, and across the United States.

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