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MerCruiser cuts 68 workers, citing sales slump

MerCruiser has laid off 68 hourly workers because of a continuing slump in sales.

“Like many companies in the marine industry, MerCruiser continues to monitor and respond to the ongoing economic challenges facing the market,” the company said in a statement. “In light of the decline in retail boat sales, MerCruiser is realigning its workforce and reducing engine production levels to match demand.”

MerCruiser, the Stillwater, Okla.-based division of Mercury Marine that manufactures sterndrives, employs about 850 salaried and hourly workers. Mercury Marine is a division of Brunswick Corp., which has initiated several cutbacks over the last several months.

In April, Mercury cut 50 salaried positions from its plants in Fond du Lac, Wis.; Tulsa and Stillwater, Okla.; and St. Cloud, Fla. About 10 of those positions were from MerCruiser.

Earlier this summer, Brunswick announced plans to lay off 1,000 people and close four North American manufacturing plants. Plans also called for laying off another 1,700 employees throughout Brunswick and Mercury during the next 18 months.

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