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Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 10:00 am

The Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) distribution facility at 3225 Prairie Ave., Beloit, will close in the fall of 2015.

The closure is the result of the company’s announcement that it is outsourcing its distribution center services in North America.

The closure of the Beloit distribution center will affect about 60 employees, according to Valerie Bridger, BRP Senior Communications Adviser. BRP has six distribution centers in the United States and Canada with a total of about 200 employees affected by the decision to outsource their services.

When the Beloit distribution center is closed in 2015, the building will be put up for sale, Bridger said. She said there are no plans for layoffs until 2015. She added the Beloit employees were notified of the plans in May of 2012.

The distribution center in Beloit handled shipping parts and other merchandise made by the company.

Bridger said the company is working with employees impacted by this action, offering positions elsewhere in the company where possible and severance packages where applicable.

“We are trying to make sure all affected employees are offered options, be that with other employment or with packages,” Bridger said.

Bombardier Recreational Products acquired the Johnson and Evinrude brands of boat motors from Outboard Marine Corporation in 2001, along with the OMC warehouse facility in Beloit.

Bombardier Recreational Products, based in Canada, specializes in recreational motorized vehicles. Brands include Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and boats, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles and roadsters, as well as Rotax engines. BRP products are distributed in more than 100 countries and employs more than 6,000 people worldwide.

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