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Palmer Johnson to move manufacturing from U.S. to Holland


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.

M/Y Khalilah

M/Y Khalilah

“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.”

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4 thoughts on “Palmer Johnson to move manufacturing from U.S. to Holland

  1. Cap'n Geech

    Great, outsource another U.S. manufacturer to foreign country for purely tax consideration. Not like carbon fiber boats can’t be built here! Way to go Federal/State governments.

  2. Capt James

    That’s disappointing. Wisconsin has a world class shipbuilding workforce. They’re lineage, coincidentally goes back to the Netherlands and Germany. But both PJ and Burger, are inherently American brands that build great products. Wisconsin is a great place with fantastic, salt of the earth, kind of people. I wish all the workers and their families a smooth and prosperous transition into their next phase of life. Disappointing news indeed.

  3. Capt Terry

    The owner should sell the rights to the palmer Johnson name,all he has done is tarnish it !

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