I was surprised at how many boat companies Brunswick actually does owns.
Checkmate doesn't have the facilities or business to hire a lot of the people being laid off.
My heart and thoughts go out to those people who are losing their jobs in such a difficult time.
I hope they can find work and get back on their feet quickly.
As for Brunswick and Reggie, who really knows whats going on there?
I had heard from a pretty reliable source that product liabilty and warranty claims on some of the newer boats and builds may have been what really sank this ship.
Hope that more positive comes out of this than negative, but I am afraid this wedding is a shotgun affair!
Ray @ Raylar
Having been involved in company shut-downs I can tell you it's no fun at all. The percentage of people that are happy is very small, in fact there's quite a bit of hostility and sadness within a company when this type of news is delivered. The hourly personnel ususally get porked and the salaried do a little better depending on time with the company and position level. For most the relocation package is bare bones and management plans it that way so most don't go thus saving money. Famlies are put through tough times and the loss of friends at the company level is hard. Those with specific skills either get jobs fast or are in for lean times and long layoff periods. The ones that make out best are the outplacement firms that are contracted to help the eligible personnel.
Most of these aren't timed so company personnel can play all summer, they're timed according to the deal. I've been involved in companies that layed off people suddenly a week before X-mas, management cares less. Benefits are usually not included, you're given the choice to continue with COBRA which can cost an arm and a leg. This is unfortunate.
Last edited by Indy; 03-20-2008 at 08:14 PM.
Really sucks for the people losing their jobs.
But, why does anyone think they would have been told in advance that this was coming? Even the dealers?
The Co. I work for merged/was bought/whatever... 2 years ago.
We had factory tours all the time to potential customers.
One day my boss tells me "Thursday we have a VERY big tour coming in, we need to make sure this place is spotless."
I looked right back at him and asked "who's buying us, and will I still have a job?"
Just gotta read between the lines, and keep an eye on everything going on around you.
You have to remember, while it's going through negotiations, the "seller" may choose not to sell.
Why would he, or anyone, open it up to him losing his workforce?
It'll be interesting to see what comes next.
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