Monday marked the start of the first full week of furloughs for one of the east's biggest boat builders.
Hatteras Yachts in New Bern last month called for all of it's 295 employees to take seven weeks unpaid vacation after the July 4th holiday.
The company normally shuts down the week after Independence Day, but the economy has forced executives to extend that period.
The company laid off about 330 workers in January and more than 200 a little less than a year ago.
Hatteras officials expect to rotate some employees during the next seven weeks to complete existing contracts.
The boat builder is expected to open back up August 15th.