Boat Builder Begins 7-Week Shutdown

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.


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  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 7, 2009 at 04:49 PM
    Sam what are you saying? They are being forced to take an UN-PAID vacation. Please clarify what you are trying to say?
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jul 7, 2009 at 11:08 AM
    If I was working with that company and if I also was one of the very few of those employees that is pressing for money, I would be thinking a seven week vacation. Ready to start it off. Too bad things like that can't happen anymore.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 6, 2009 at 06:18 PM
    Shuck's I would have bought a yacht but I have not received my bailout money and They(our government)have not shared the wealth yet with me.sorry folk's.
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