"Our forecast for the coming year is much less than it's been," he said. "We have no intention of shutting the Bolivar plant down completely."
Gammill said the reduction is the result of current economic conditions and the transfer of the plant's Deep V product line to the Lebanon plant, where some of the affected employees may find employment.
"There will be an opportunity presented as available to those folks, but they would not all be transferred," Gammill said.
The Bolivar plant will continue to produce 10- to 20-foot utility boats, both riveted and welded.
"The utility product is good for Bolivar because it is a lower-cost product and will be less affected on the retail side," he said.
Chuck Yarbrough, vice president of human resources for Tracker Marine Group, said in a letter to Bolivar Mayor Charles Ealy dated Tuesday, Oct. 21, that the reduction would be one-third of the workforce at the Bolivar plant.
Gammill said in May the plant had 234 employees before a temporary seasonal layoff of 38 employees, but he would not disclose how many employees the plant has now or will have after the end of the year.Tracker Marine is planning to permanently reduce its workforce at the Bolivar plant by one-third effective Dec. 26, according to a letter Bolivar Mayor Charles Ealy received today (Wednesday, Oct. 22) and dated Tuesday, Oct. 21, from Chuck Yarbrough, vice president of human resources for Tracker Marine Group.
In the letter, Yarbrough said the company intends to consolidate some of the job opportunities from the Bolivar Tracker plant to the Tracker plant in Lebanon.
The plant had 234 employees in May before a temporary seasonal layoff of 38 employees.