Originally Posted by Locozodiac
Probably will end moving or jointventuring their UK plants to countries like, Korea, China to reduce hand labor costs. As many Companies are doing now a days.
Probably so. The problem is that the quality of the product will plummet when this happens, and the Avon brand name will no longer be revered in the way it currently is by knowledgable boaters once the Costco & Wal-Mart start pushing cheaply made Avon boats.
The first blow to Avon happened a few years ago when they were acquired by Zodiac. It was only a matter of time before Zodiac would send Avon on down to the same race toward the quality bottom like they did with their own 'leisure grade' line of boats 23 years ago when they started hyping their 'strongan duotex' PVC products.
This part of the article that Neil linked says it all;
"The firm moved to the town in the early 1960s, but parent company Zodiac Marine and Pool has blamed market forces and stiff competition from Asia."