Burton 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. 3.16.2010
Two out of three ain’t bad. Remember that when you think of Kevin Correia. He gave the Dodgers two wins in three starts, and that sure was critical for a starting Dodgers rotation that had gone from the best in baseball to injury-prone with a debacle of a back end.Don’t judge Correia solely by Sunday’s start. That was ugly. He allowed seven runs ‑ five earned ‑ and three home runs in a three-inning clunker as the Mets avoided a sweep with an 11-3 win at Dodger Stadium, although the Dodgers maintained their 4 1/2-game lead over San Francisco. Leading the Dodgers to two victories in his two previous starts was beneficial in so many ways. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Correia’s likely headed to the bullpen, which was the Dodgers plan for him all along when he arrived via trade with Minnesota two weeks ago. He was mired in a season-long struggle there, and a change of scenery to a playoff-bound team helped. Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to come off the disabled list (right hip strain) Friday so that spot won’t be open again, unless something hampers Ryu’s return. The Dodgers also have two off days this week ‑ Monday and Thursday ‑ due to those two games in Australia. Judge Correia and Roberto Hernandez by what they’ve done for the Dodgers, which is provide some relief for a starting rotation that nearly had to put out a “help wanted” sign for starting pitchers.Hernandez was acquired from Philadelphia on Aug. 8, and he’s 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA with the Dodgers.The Dodgers were desperate for starters with Paul Maholm and Josh Beckett down with injuries, and Hernandez and Correia weren’t perfect, but they sure delivered. And, some of the heat can be taken off Clayton Kershaw, who’s having an MVP season but can’t be expected to win every start. Two of the players making waves in August were players the Dodgers landed in trades after they cleared waivers in August. Imagine. “Kevin wasn’t the guy we talked about starting,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s pitched well for us, come in and won a couple games. Roberto has thrown well and kept us in games for the most part. Danny (Haren) has won three out of the four. At this point, we’re in single-game mode. You go out and try to win a game that day. We’ll try to line up our guys the best we can. We won’t worry about shoring anything up other than going out and being ready to play.”Correia said it would take a while to push Sunday’s loss out of his mind, but he should remember the service he provided. He helped bandage together a cobbled rotation. Before Sunday’s game, Mattingly said: “Him and Roberto both have been good for us. It’s been a little tough stretch with Zack (Greinke) and Hyun-Jin and to be able to have two guys that have experience in the big leagues and aren’t really overwhelmed, that’s been really nice for us. Two good pickups. We wouldn’t be talking about it in the same breath if they haven’t pitched well.”Catcher A.J. Ellis knows exactly what Hernandez and Correia have done for the Dodgers. That’s not lost on him.“Getting Hyun-Jin back will slot everyone back to what we had planned,” Ellis said. “Those guys are professionals who battle and know how to compete. It makes it tough and puts a lot of pressure on the first two guys, Clayton and Zack, to go out and win their games for sure and hope you can battle and scrap with the other three.“You’ve seen what Danny (Haren) has done, turning the season around the last 3-4 outings. He looks like he’s on a good trajectory. Kevin and Roberto are professional guys who have been around a long time and know how to get a lot of outs.”Correia didn’t pitch well Sunday, as evidenced by three home runs (by Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada) that put the Dodgers in a big deficit. Correia was bothered, of course, and perhaps carried more stress on his shoulders knowing this might be his final start before moving to the bullpen. If his contribution was giving the Dodgers two wins in desperate times, that’s something. “This one is going to bother me for a while because the situation I’m in,” Correia said. “I wanted to win the game. This hurts more than I can remember in quite a while. I’ve been doing this long enough that these outings are inevitable. You just hope they’re the 11th or 12th outing, not the third outing with a new team.” But two out of three ain’t bad. It was just what the Dodgers needed.