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Sea Ray plant to close for three months

Brunswick Corp. will close its Sea Ray Boats plant in Knoxville, Tenn., for three months because of continuing weak demand in boat sales.

Sea Ray informed employees Thursday that the plant will observe a production furlough from July 6 through Oct. 1, with production scheduled to resume Oct. 5, according to Brunswick spokesman Dan Kubera. This is an addition to previously announced furloughs, and affects only the Knoxville plant.

As with previous furloughs, this action primarily will affect the plant's 240 hourly employees. Salaried employees will remain on the job to provide ongoing support for dealers and customers. However, Sea Ray's salaried employees will also observe two weeks of furlough time during this period, which was announced earlier this year.

Kubera said this most recent action is part of Brunswick's continuing efforts to deal with a difficult and uncertain marine marketplace.

"As you know, we have undertaken a myriad of other measures to reduce our costs and keep our operational levels consistent with current demand and business prospects," he said. "We do so with an eye toward protecting our business, positioning our brands for the future and minimizing the impact to our organization."

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