PORT ANGELES: Yacht builder Admiral lays off half of work force

PORT ANGELES — A leading waterfront employer has halved its work force because the company decided to shift final production of its luxury yachts north of the border.

However, Admiral Marine Construction hopes to counter the layoffs by boosting the fiberglass-component side of the operation in the future, corporate representatives said Friday.

“The potential is huge,”‘ Admiral Marine facilities manager Hans DeBoer said.

Meanwhile, 25 electricians, carpenters and joiners were told on Thursday that they will lose their jobs, DeBoer said. Remaining employed are about 20 fiberglass laborers.

The move coincided with a fairly routine production lull that came after the owners of two nearly finished yachts asked for their vessels to be painted in Canada, managers said.

For the complete story see Sunday’s Peninsula Daily News, on sale in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

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