Westport Shipyard lays off workers in Westport, Hoquiam and Port Angeles


Westport Shipyard has laid off workers at its Westport, Hoquiam and Port Angeles facilites, the company confirmed on Tuesday, declining to comment on how many workers were affected or how long the workforce reduction may last.

Various reports indicated the layoffs at the two Harbor facilities may amount to as many as 60 to 80 workers.

“The company has made adjustments to employment levels at its Westport and Hoquiam facilities,” Human Resources Manager Jennifer Swogger told The Daily World on Tuesday. “The reduction is reflective of the current market conditions for premiere luxury yachts.”

Swogger said employees in Westport and Hoquiam were told of the layoffs on Friday. Port Angeles employees were told last week, as well, and Swogger gave the exact same statement to the Peninsula Daily News, offering no other details. She said Tuesday that both of the company’s Port Angeles operations were affected by the reductions.

As of Tuesday morning, WorkSource Grays Harbor had received no notification in relation to the layoffs, nor had Westport city officials had any contact with company’s management.