Hatteras Yachts Laying Off Quarter Of Workforce

A local boat builder is making more job cuts five months after the last round of cuts.

On Thursday, Hatteras Yachts, based in New Bern, announced it was letting go 25% of its employees.

On January 3rd of this year, the Brunswick Corporation announced 105 employees at the Craven County plant lost their jobs; 75 of the positions were full-time, the other 30 were temporary jobs.

Brunswick Corporation said the move in January was to adjust to market conditions as the company was looking to get out of the sport fishing convertible category and invest more resources in its Sea Ray and Meridian brands.

In November of 2012, Hatters employed 545 people in New Bern.

President John Ward says the latest layoffs were a result of adjusting production. He confirmed the number of hourly workers impacted was around 86 employees.


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