Flagler County Sea Ray Plant Not Included in Announced Closures

Sea Ray Boats had previously announced it was closing four plants. Yesterday’s announcement of those locations is good news for Flagler County.

Palm Coast, Florida – October 10, 2008 – Yesterday, Sea Ray Boats, Flagler County, Florida’s second largest private sector employer, announced the closing of four manufacturing plants. Their plant in Flagler County was not on the list. This is the second piece of good news for the local economy. Palm Coast Data, the area’s largest employer, announced today that it would maintain its present workforce of 1,000 employees and add an additional 700 jobs.

Plant closures and furloughs

As previously announced, Sea Ray’s parent company Brunswick Corporation [NYSE: BC] had planned to close four boat manufacturing facilities in early 2009, but will now accelerate that process. Three manufacturing facilities to be permanently closed are located in Pipestone, Minn., Roseburg, Ore., and Arlington, Wash. A fourth plant in Navassa, NC will be mothballed.
Production of the fiberglass boats manufactured in these plants will be transitioned to other Brunswick facilities. The company said that these actions will result in the eventual elimination of approximately 1,450 hourly and salaried positions at these facilities, while increasing the efficiency and utilization at the receiving plants. The Arlington, Navassa and Roseburg shutdowns are expected to be completed by the end of 2008, with the Pipestone shutdown expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2009.
Brunswick will temporarily suspend production at three of its boat manufacturing facilities near Knoxville, Tenn., beginning the week of October 27 and continuing through the remainder of 2008. During this period, the transition of boat models from the plants that are closing into these facilities will begin.
2 replies
  1. George Meegan
    George Meegan says:

    Prime Location

    The Sea Ray site is worth keeping for them as it has value beyond the plant itself. The inlet and land it sits on are prime for a high end Residential/ Commercial Marina. The current use as a manufacturing site detracts from the surrounding developements. The air polution alone carries for miles. Jobs yes, but this place has more value closed.

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