Economic Development

This is an excerpt from a news story that ran in the Tulsa World News last Friday.

MIAMI, Okla. – Falling boat sales and the move of a boat production line to Missouri has prompted Ottawa County-based Tracker Marine Group to lay off 112 people, city leaders announced Thursday.

Tracker Marine is moving its Tahoe manufacturing operation to Clinton, Mo.

The layoffs will occur in 60 days, cutting personnel at the plant from 175 employees to 63 employees, said Tim Wilson, interim city manager.

I believe it’s important to note two things relative to the news story.  First, the news is devastating for those who lost their job.  Decisions like the one Tracker made are difficult, I know, I’ve been involved in similar decisions.  Ultimately decisions must be made based on what’s best for the long term survival of the company involved.  Second, our community is very fortunate that Tracker Marine has decided to move their Tahoe boat line to their manufacturing facilities in Clinton.

Each and every employer in our community is valuable and any employer expanding services provides more value to our community.  As most of you know I’m the current President of the Greater Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and the major role of the Chamber is to position Clinton to succeed in economic development.

We are fortunate that our community has Tracker and that Tracker has decided to enhance operations in Clinton.  Christa Atchison is the Executive Director of the Chamber and she is responsible for economic development activities for our community.  I’m confident Christa will provide any and all assistance Tracker may need in the transition process.

We are fortunate that our community has “Great People” like Christa to help position us to be successful in economic development.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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