Burton to close South Burlington manufacturing plant

first_imgBurton announced Tuesday that it will shift premium snowboard production from its small, Vermont-based Burton Manufacturing Center (BMC) to Austria, where the company has been building snowboards for over 25 years. Product design and development will still be home-grown in Vermont, where the company will relocate its snowboard prototyping resources from BMC into a new, purely R&D-driven prototype facility at its global headquarters in Burlington. Burton said 43 jobs will be lost, leaving 377 in Vermont and 900 worldwide.BMC, located in South Burlington, Vermont is slated to close in June of this year. Burton’s premium factory in Austria already has the high-end technology and capacity to increase its production. Forty-three employees will be affected by BMC’s closure, and Burton is working closely with the Vermont Department of Labor’s Rapid Response program to assist these employees with unemployment and re-employment resources. “When I started Burton Snowboards in 1977, all we did was make snowboards in Vermont,” says Jake Burton Carpenter, Founder and Chairman, Burton Snowboards. “Thanks to the BMC staff, we’ve excelled at prototyping and developing product in Vermont, which is why all four Burton Olympic halfpipe medals were won on snowboards coming out of our local factory. But simply put, it costs us significantly more to produce a board in Vermont than we are capable of selling it for, and sadly, this is not sustainable in the current economy.”Carpenter started the company in Londonderry after seeing someone riding a homemade board.Carpenter cited several factors for closing the South Burlington facility in a Burlington Free Press story, including labor, real estate, utility and health care benefits. The cost is significantly less in Austria, he said.The relocated BMC R&D facility will continue to turn riders’ ideas into the most advanced prototypes on snow, with the added benefit of having all prototyping resources under one roof at Burton’s global headquarters, Burton said in a statement.”Our biggest priority at Burton is to make the best product for snowboarders, and we do that by listening to riders and investing more in research and development than anyone in our industry,” says Burton CEO Laurent Potdevin. “It makes the most economic sense to produce all of our high-end snowboards in Austria. Here in Vermont, we will continue to focus on advanced product development, which will allow us to bring the latest snowboard technology to riders faster than ever before.”Burton is the world’s leading snowboard company and owns other top boardsports brands, including Channel Islands Surfboards, DNA Distribution (Alien Workshop and Habitat Skateboards), The Program (Forum, Special Blend and FOURSQUARE) Analog, Gravis, ANON and R.E.D.  After the BMC manufacturing changes, Burton and its family of brands will employ over 900 people worldwide.Source: Burton. 3.16.2010last_img read more

Arsenal eyeing transfer move for Feyenoord star Orkun Kokcu

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Oct 2019 3:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link733Shares Comment Advertisement Kokcu has scored twice for Feyenoord this season (Picture: Getty)The report claims that Feyenoord would consider selling the Dutch-born Turkey Under-21 international for a fee of around £20million.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are scouring the market for potential midfield reinforcements, with Mesut Ozil reportedly set for the exit door at the Emirates.Unai Emery has been left unimpressed with Ozil’s performances in training and is ready to cut his losses with the German, Arsenal’s top earner on wages of £350,000-a-week. Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu is firmly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly keeping close tabs on Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu.Kokcu, 18, broke into Feyenoord’s first-team last December and has established himself in the side since Jaap Stam took over the reins from Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager.The teenager notched up three goals and four assists for Feyenoord last season and has twice netted for the Dutch outfit this term, against Hapoel Beer Sheva in the Europa League and versus FC Emmen in the Eredivisie.According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal are closely monitoring Kokcu along with a host of top clubs from across Europe.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Emery: Victory over Bournemouth ‘one more step’ towards consistencyTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:48FullscreenEmery: Victory over Bournemouth ‘one more step’ towards consistencyhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-victory-bournemouth-one-step-consistency-2021034/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Ozil has only made two appearances for the Gunners this season and Emery attempted to explain the situation following the side’s win over Standard Liege.‘When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more,’ he said.‘He needs to continue working. Tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play, and on Sunday we have another match – and we are going to decide the same.‘Our target is to win on Sunday against Bournemouth and we want to carry on our same way in each match.’MORE: Borussia Dortmund made surprise move to re-sign Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp last summer Advertisement Arsenal eyeing transfer move for Feyenoord star Orkun Kokculast_img read more