Tracker Marine laying off 112 employees at Miami plant

Falling boat sales and the move of a boat manufacturing production line to Missouri has prompted the Ottawa County-based Tracker Marine Group to layoff 112 employees, Miami city leaders announced Thursday.

Tracker Marine is moving the Tahoe boat line production to Clinton, Mo.

The layoffs will happen in 60 days and will reduce the plant from 175 employees to 63 employees, said Tim Wilson, Miami interim city manager.

“Although boat sales are down significantly, because the Miami plant is a quality facility, it only makes sense for us to continue utilizing this location for the MAKO production,” said Terry Shook, Sr. Vice President of Operations in a prepared statement.

MAKO is a saltwater personal watercraft line.

The Miami plant is also being considered for the installation of high-tech robotic equipment that will be used in the production of the MAKO watercraft.

Source: Tulsa World