Today, Burton Snowboards announced that it is closing its manufacturing facility in South Burlington Vermont to move all production to Austria. This should happen by June of this year. Sadly, 43 jobs will be lost by this move, however, economically, it is the best move for the company. Only the manufacturing facility will be moving; research and development will remain in Vermont, relocating from the Burton Manufacturing Center (BMC) in South Burlington to the company’s global headquarters.
“It makes the most economic sense to produce all of our high-end snowboards in Austria. Here in Vermont, we will continue to focus on advanced product development, which will allow us to bring the latest snowboard technology to riders faster than ever before,” said Burton CEO Laurent Potdevin.
“When I started Burton Snowboards in 1977, all we did was make snowboards in Vermont,” said Jake Burton Carpenter, Founder and Chairman of Burton Snowboards. “Thanks to the BMC staff, we’ve excelled at prototyping and developing product in Vermont, which is why all four Burton Olympic halfpipe medals were won on snowboards coming out of our local factory. But simply put, it costs us significantly more to produce a board in Vermont than we are capable of selling it for, and sadly, this is not sustainable in the current economy.”