About 170 workers will lose their jobs, which will be phased out over the next few months. The plant closure is expected to be complete in early 2008.
“This action is not a reflection on the Aberdeen work force or the Triton brand,” CEO Dustan E. McCoy said in a statement. “While the closure of our Aberdeen facility is regrettable, this action is being taken only after careful consideration, and is necessary as the resulting production shift will help Brunswick accomplish several important objectives.”
McCoy said the closure would reduce the size of Brunswick’s manufacturing footprint, driving more volume through fewer plants.
“This enables us to improve productivity and reduce costs and better utilize capacity as well as allows us to more quickly and efficiently respond to changing market conditions,” McCoy said.
The company says the costs associated with plant closure and shifting production to another plant are estimated at $5 million. Brunswick acquired Triton in 2005.
The company also expects to add more jobs at its Aberdeen plant as a result of the move.