Burton closing its Vermont board factory

While perusing online publication Plastics News  (you mean you don’t read it??) I found a report that Burton Snowboards is moving producton of its premium snowboards from the US to Austria.

The company is shutting the Burton Manufacturing Center in South Burlington, Vermont in June and moving production to Austria – where it has been making boards for 25 years.

“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,” said Jake Burton Carpenter, founder and chairman of Burton Snowboards, in a statement.

The closure affects 43 employees at the Vermont base. Prototyping, resseatch and development will all be moved into one in-house centre in Burlington.

Burton CEO Laurent Potdevin said that its Vermont operations will focus on advanced product development, while the Austrian unit will produce all the high-end snowboards.

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