Friday, May 29, 2020

387 jobs lost at BRP’s Sturtevant facility; Evinrude production end

From The Journal

Quebec-based BRP on Wednesday announced the immediate end of Evinrude outboard engine production at its Marine Propulsion Systems facility, 10101 Science Drive, in Sturtevant. The move will mean the loss of 387 jobs.

STURTEVANT — In a swift and unexpected turn of events, Quebec, Canada-based BRP in a late Wednesday press release announced the immediate end of Evinrude outboard engine production at its Sturtevant facility, 10101 Science Drive.
According to BRP Marine Group Vice President Jerome Fradette’s May 27 filing with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), the move will result in a “mass layoff” of 387 employees.
“This layoff is the result of BRP and affiliated companies re-orienting and reorganizing global marine production, which will result, in the case of the Sturtevant facility, in … ceasing the production of Evinrude E-TEC and E-TEC G2 outboard engines,” Fradette noted in BRP’s Notice of Workforce Reduction filing with the state.
“BRP’s outboard engines business has faced some challenges over the last few years and the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy accelerated the decision to stop production of outboard engines. As a result of the unanticipated and unforeseeable need to consolidated operations and cease production on these engines, BRP is giving notice as soon as practicable …”
In its filing, BRP’s anticipated 387 job losses at Sturtevant were outlined in a 12-page attachment showing the expected schedule of “separations” between May 27 and September, with Fradette noting 181 employees “presently on temporary furlough due to the safer in place order” were “permanently laid off today, May 27…”

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