There is mixed news today for some 380 workers that will be laid-off from Sea Ray, which announced it is consolidating its operations and exiting the over 40-foot yacht market.
Viking Yacht Company has extended an appealing offer of jobs to those laid-off, though it would likely involve a relocation. The jobs are located in Riviera Beach, Florida and at the New Gretna, New Jersey, company headquarters.
"We are all aware of the situation with Sea Ray," Chris Landry, marketing director for the 54-year old yacht company, told Florida Today. "When we hear about layoffs it's not a good feeling, especially in the marine industry."
Brunswick Corporation announced in late June that it was closing its Merritt Island, Florida, Sea Ray facility and will consolidate some operations into existing facilities in Florida and elsewhere. “The Merritt Island Sea Ray engineering facility will be consolidated with Boston Whaler engineering to form an industry-leading Brunswick Fiberglass Boat Technology Center, based in Edgewater," said Daniel Kubera, a Brunswick spokesman.
The company is offering jobs to current employees with the right job skills who are willing to relocate.