Coronavirus: White River Marine Group lays off around 350 workers
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The White River Marine Group (WRMG), the world’a largest manufacturer of fishing and recreational boats by volume, is laying off around 350 employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group, owned by Bass Pro Shops founder, Johnny Morris, builds brands that include Tracker, Ranger, Triton, Sun Tracker, Regency, Tahoe and Mako. The lay-offs effect around 11% of the total workforce across seven locations.
In a statement, WRMG said: “We are greatly saddened about the personal impact this tragedy is having on our dedicated team members. Like countless other manufacturers, including major American automobile companies, these conditions require us to temporarily reduce our staffing levels, and we made the difficult decision to reduce our workforce by approximately 350 positions across seven facilities.
“Our strong desire is to rehire our extremely talented individuals as quickly as conditions allow. Until then, we are doing all we can to support impacted team members, including providing a severance programme that includes full pay and benefits for an additional two weeks as well as additional support based on years of service.
“We remain committed to delivering America’s favourite boats and offering families the opportunity to safely spend time out on the water, which is more important than ever in these unprecedented times.”