SuperSport yachts production to increase; follows closure of Sturgeon Bay
Relocation is part of the company’s plan to increase its production of a SuperSport series of yachts
Palmer Johnson Yachts is moving manufacturing to the Netherlands after the company announced Wednesday that it was leaving Sturgeon Bay and eliminating about 100 jobs.
Palmer Johnson, founded in 1918 in Sturgeon Bay, has experienced ownership changes over the years and has had operations in Europe.
The relocation is part of Palmer Johnson’s plan to increase production of a SuperSport series of yachts, the company confirmed Thursday.
“There has been strong interest in the SuperSport range, and the company will gain significant competitive advantages by building the next generation of yachts in Europe,” Palmer Johnson said in a statement.
The company said it had just finalized an agreement to take over a shipyard in the Netherlands, and that a SuperSport yacht currently under construction in Norway will be finished in the Netherlands.
“Palmer Johnson will also continue to produce its successful line of aluminum sport yachts in Europe, and a core team of Palmer Johnson employees will be transferred to its European facility,” the company said.
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