|FYI — June 2001|
SATURN TO NEPTUNE
Trudell succeeded William J. Barrington as president of the Sea Ray Group, which includes Sea Ray, Baja, and Boston Whaler. The 5,000-employee company is based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Barrington now heads the U.S. Marine Group, maker of Bayliner, Trophy, and Maxum, for Sea Ray's parent company, Brunswick. "We are extremely pleased to have an executive of Cynthia's caliber and accomplishment," says George W. Buckley, chairman and CEO of Brunswick.
same month Brunswick announced U.S. Marine was cutting 170 jobs and suspending
production at eight plants for one to five weeks. "Suspending production
was the only way to bring inventories down to acceptable levels,"
In February Bombardier bought the Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) engine brands Johnson and Evinrude, after OMC filed for bankruptcy. Bombardier said it would absorb all the costs of the recall and in April created a new entity, the Boats and Outboard Engines division, that includes its Sea-Doo sportboat and Evinrude and Johnson.
After notifying dealers of the fuel leaks, Bombardier began contacting owners about repairs and upgrade kits. In a letter to dealers, Bombardier chairman Roch Lambert wrote: "This is a top priority. ...We intend to work diligently...to correct this safety-related problem and get [the engines] back on the water as quickly as possible."
This article originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.