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Brunswick Consolidating Boat Production

Boat maker is moving production of Trophy offshore fishing boats from a Cumberland, Md., facility to Ashland City, Tenn., and eliminating 115 jobs.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Apparently even the recreational fishing industry is sweating the economy's turn for the worse.

Brunswick Corp., which makes products as diverse as fitness equipment and billiard balls, said late Thursday it is moving production of Trophy offshore fishing boats from a Cumberland, Md., facility to Ashland City, Tenn., and eliminating 115 jobs.

The Cumberland plant is set to close by the end of the year.

Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan E. McCoy said in a statement the decision was not a reflection on the product or the Cumberland workforce.

Workers at the Cumberland plant will go on a three-week furlough around Thanksgiving as the production shutdown begins. The company says workers will receive severance and outplacement assistance.

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