Bombardier to downsize Sturtevant plant

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. will lay off 98 employees from its Sturtevant facility during the first quarter of 2009, the company announced last week. BRP makes Evinrude outboard motors larger than 40 horsepower at its Sturtevant plant, and will still have about 375 employees there after the downsizing.

About 38 of the laid off BRP employees will be in its office area, from its managerial, professional and support staff, said Michael Willmering, vice president of human resources in Sturtevant. The remaining 60 workers are from its production area.

“This was extremely difficult for the company,” he said. “The management team is taking every one of these unfortunate reductions very personally. Given the time of year, it’s very hard to do this.”

The layoffs are part of larger cuts at BRP, which include the elimination of 550 white collar jobs. The company previously laid off 370 production workers and the Sturtevant production workers were part of another 430 employee layoff for the first quarter of 2009.

The BRP layoffs are just the latest amongst manufacturing layoffs in southeastern Wisconsin, which include the following since Nov. 1:

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