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Old 02-07-2014, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Burton Snowboards to close upstate New York plant | Burlington Free Press | burlingtonfreepress.com

Looks like Burton is closing their upstate NY facility. The article doesn't mention if the production is moving overseas or not.

Anyone know what this facility produces?

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Old 02-07-2014, 11:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if you read the article you posted...::

Burton lists the economy as the reason for closing the plant, which employs 72 full-time warehouse workers, supervisors and seasonal workers who manufacture snowboarding equipment and accessories such as bindings, boots and outerwear
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if you read the article you posted...::

Burton lists the economy as the reason for closing the plant, which employs 72 full-time warehouse workers, supervisors and seasonal workers who manufacture snowboarding equipment and accessories such as bindings, boots and outerwear
Well shit. :facepalm:

Soooo... who else think Marc McMorris got screwed in his qualifier round yesterday?
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I'd say there's about a 1000% chance that this production unit is moving overseas. Fucking sucks.
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Damn. That's right near me. All my proform always ships from there. That sucks, now stuff will take longer to ship and those people lose their jobs. Great.

Damned "economy"
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Damn. That's right near me. All my proform always ships from there. That sucks, now stuff will take longer to ship and those people lose their jobs. Great.

Damned "economy"
Economy my ass. It's corporate greed, plain and simple. You honestly think Burton is having a difficult time turning a profit? Fat chance of that. This is just a way of creating more profit at the expense of the people who've helped you become what you are today. Also known as "the American way". Fuck everyone, generate more profit!

Jake Says Burton Exceeded 2012 Budget Targets - Transworld Business

Kind of like how Burton has been acquiring brand after brand like Forum, Foursquare, Special Blend, etc. essentially just to kill them off. Who knows, maybe those brands were on their way out anyway, but in that case, it wouldn't have been greed and the desire to eliminate competition that drove those decisions, but pure fucking stupidity instead.

I hope Burton finds a way to reinvest this additional profit into their business, but we'll see.
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Pretty simple really.....Don't buy Burton products if you don't like the stuff they do. I don't, there are plenty of great American made brands out there that are of good quality.... just my 2 cents...
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I just recently found out they also shut down Special Blend, Foursquare, and Forum. I really liked SB, but I just got a pair of gore tex pants and they are pretty bad--I guess quality control fell apart before they shut down. All the pants and Jackets I own are either SB or Foursquare and quality used to be pretty good.

I'm pretty sure the only Burton item I have that is made in USA is my custom x. Most of the stuff I have is pretty high end (cartels, malavita, triad, hail boots), but I think it was all made in China. My hails are already having issues after 6 days of riding. I wonder what they actually made in that NY plant.

I think all their stuff will now be made in China with the exception of some very high end boards still being made in Austria. Pretty greedy.
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Unless something has changed, Burton is a privately held company. Basically meaning Jake can do what he wants with it, he is not beholden to share holders. IMO, closing the plant probably means much worse things are in the pipe for Burton and the other big guys. The word on the street is we may see some pretty large brands fail in the next year or two. Kind of like when the small guys went belly up in the dotcom years. This time around, the big guys are going to take it in the shorts. Burton will still be around, but I suspect this is just the beginning of a lot of slash and burn.
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Unless something has changed, Burton is a privately held company. Basically meaning Jake can do what he wants with it, he is not beholden to share holders. IMO, closing the plant probably means much worse things are in the pipe for Burton and the other big guys. The word on the street is we may see some pretty large brands fail in the next year or two. Kind of like when the small guys went belly up in the dotcom years. This time around, the big guys are going to take it in the shorts. Burton will still be around, but I suspect this is just the beginning of a lot of slash and burn.
If anything, I expect Burton to shift their focus more toward things like apparel and other softgoods with higher profit margins. But, they're probably the only brand in snowboarding strong enough to pull off such a shift.
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