Burton is cutting 43 jobs from its Vermont snowboard factory and outsourcing those jobs to…Austria. Not the Far East option you were expecting? Well, Burton already makes a lot of their boards in China, but some of their high-end boards that go for over $700 were still being made in Vermont. Burton will keep 377 jobs and their global HQ in Vermont, but sadly the soul of the company is going to Europe. It’s somehow especially poignant since snowboarding was innovated in Vermont. Burton says they’ll maintain R&D in Vermont. But seriously, Austria as a cost cutting option.
Burton said the workers displaced would get help from the state Department of Labor to assist them with unemployment benefits and potential job opportunities.
The Vermont unemployment office. I’m sure they’re bursting with jobs for former snowboard manufacturers. “You used to make snowboards? Well, how would you like to work in either the food service or hotel industries?” Sorry guys.
author: Rocky Thompson, from the backcountry.com blog The Goat