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Snowboard maker will shut Feura Bush facility

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
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— Burton Snowboards will close down a distribution center that employed 72 people in the Albany County hamlet of Feura Bush.

The world’s largest snowboard manufacturer will close up shop at the local plant on or around April 15, according to a notice filed last week with the state Department of Labor. The company that filed the notice was World Logistics Group, Inc., a freight management and transportation company.

Burton listed the economy as the reason for closing the plant at 158 West Yard Road, where it employed full-time warehouse workers, supervisors and seasonal workers who manufactured snowboarding equipment and accessories such as bindings, boots and outerwear.

Rotterdam developer Galesi Group owns the 354,000-square-foot distribution facility. It sits on 34 acres next to the Selkirk rail yard.

A receptionist at Burton said the work from the Albany County facility will be relocated, but she could not say where. She referred further comment to a company official, who did not return a call for comment Wednesday.

The closure isn’t surprising. In 2010, Burton announced it would cease manufacturing in Vermont and move production to Austria because of high manufacturing costs in the state.

Burton was founded by Jake Burton Carpenter in 1977. Carpenter grew up in New York City but moved to Londonberry, Vt., that year to start Burton Snowboards out of a barn. By 1992, the Burton factory and head office relocated to Burlington, Vt., where it has its flagship store today.

 
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