Burton won't be making any more boards in the U.S. after June. The company announced it will lay off 43 workers and move remaining production overseas.
Burton shuts down U.S. production, Aspen-area mountain bikers split over wilderness and Telluride eyes guided skiing in Bear Creek
Steamboat voters nix massive development plan
This week’s mountain news roundup starts in Steamboat Springs, where voters rejected a huge annexation and development proposal by a 61 to 39 percent margin. The Steamboat 700 annexation would have added 700 acres of land to the west side of the city, slated for development of up to 2,200 homes, including hundreds of deed-restricted units.
Nearly two-thirds of Steamboat’s registered voters returned their mail-in ballots after a fierce David versus Goliath campaign in which proponents of the annexation spent more than $100,000, while the grassroots opposition spent less than $10,000.
The Steamboat City Council had previously approved the plan. The no vote throws the development question back into the hands of Routt County, since the project developers said they won’t try to revamp the negotiated annexation agreement with the city. Read the full story at Steamboatpilot.com.
2022 Denver Olympics?
Colorado Independent writer and Vail resident Dave Williams offers an insider look at some Olympic history — and the potential for a Denver Olympic bid in the future. Williams has reported on several Olympics, including Torino 2006 and the most recent Vancouver games, which he calls a golden global fleece job for Canada. The total cost of $6 billion means that each of Canada’s 14 gold medals cost $430 million.
He says cost will also be an issue for the next host city, Sochi, which is planning to invest $7.6 billion in infrastructure this year alone. Williams says he expects those games to be a disaster, and goes on to compare operations at several recent Olympic venues. His multi-part series on a potential Olympic bid will be continued in the Independent. Click here to read part one and to sign up for the follow-up stories.
Burton moves board production to Asia and Europe
The Burlington Free Press reports that Burton will close its Vermont snowboard factory in June, moving production to Austria and Asia, thereby costing 43 jobs.
The company will only continue to build a relatively small number of prototypes in the U.S. Those boards will not be available for sale to the general public. Burton execs said it costs them more to build boards in Vermont than they can be sold for, with labor, utility and real estate costs being key factors. Burton CEO Laurent Potdevin said manufacturing costs are much lower in Austria.
According to the Free Press, most of Burton’s boards have long been built outside the U.S. with only 7 percent of the total production taking place in Vermont in recent years. Burton’s top-line boards will now be built in Uttendorf, Austria.
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