Boat builder sets course for Poland

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One of Norway’s most well-known builders of pleasure boats, Askeladden, has decided to move all production to Poland, where costs are much lower. Around 30 persons will lose their jobs in Os, outside Bergen.

The roughly 45 employees of Askeladden, which has built boats in Os for a hundred years, were told of the pending plant shutdown on Tuesday, reports midtsiden.no and news bureau NTB. All workers involved in production will be laid off, while those working in sales and administration will remain employed.

Askeladden went into bankruptcy in 2008, but production resumed the year after. The company started building its large boats in Poland but small-boat production continued in Norway. Sales, however, have reportedly declined this year.

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