Sea Ray plants lengthen year-end furlough

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Employees at Sea Ray's plants in Knoxville and Vonore, Tenn., were told Thursday that the company is extending its normal end-of-the-year furlough at those facilities, Brunswick spokesman Dan Kubera confirmed to Soundings Trade Only.

Typically, production furloughs are taken around Thanksgiving, and then again at the end of the year. This year, the Knoxville plant will begin its furlough Oct. 4 and the Tellico plant in Vonore will begin its furlough in November.

Both plants are scheduled to resume production Jan. 4, 2011.

"We will take the additional furlough time 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.

During this period, necessary work will continue to integrate some new models and brands into production cycles at these locations, Kubera said.

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