Palmer Johnson Yachts filed a notice with the state of Wisconsin on Sept. 2 indicating it plans to close its Sturgeon Bay yacht building facilities. It plans to move production to a shipyard it recently acquired in the Netherlands, according to a company statement.
The closure of the company’s 96-year-old shipyard will occur in several phases beginning Oct. 31.
According to the statement, Palmer Johnson plans to focus on its new carbon composite SuperSport series of yachts. In July 2014, Palmer Johnson launched the first in the series, M/Y Khalilah, a gold-colored, 150-foot (48m) carbon-composite yacht.
“The second PJ48 metre carbon SuperSport hull being built in Norway will be completed in the new facility from November this year,” the company said in the statement. “A third hull will follow in April 2016. Moulds for the PJ 42 metre SuperSport are also being manufactured as the company has an order for the first of this model, which will be delivered in late 2017.
“Palmer Johnson will also continue to produce its successful line of aluminium SportYachts in Europe and a core team of Palmer Johnson employees will be transferred to its European facility,” the company said. “The company will therefore be closing its Sturgeon Bay facility upon the completion of the third PJ 170 SportYacht currently under construction.”