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Speedway cuts employee hours

Four-day work week implemented to maximize efficiency

Posted: January 19, 2009 8:45 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Saugus Speedway officials implemented a four-day work week to maximize efficiency and guard against the constricting economy, a track official said.

"We're finding we can do the same amount of work in four days, and we're just taking a look at how we can do things more efficiently," said Terri Burbank, speedway general manager. "For us it's business as usual. We're trying to be more effective. It's our slowest time of the year."

The speedway's main attraction is Santa Clarita's Open Air Market, a weekly Sunday swap meet that attracts more than 600 vendors and thousands of shoppers. Live entertainment, barbecue food and fresh baked snacks are highlights of the swap-meet shopping experience.

The speedway hosts the swap meet on its grounds, but the decreased employee hours won't affect the meet since it's a separate entity, Burbank said.

"We still offer our swap-meet shoppers and vendors the same type of service," she said. "Vendors get visibility they don't get through their stores. It's a great way for them to get rid of large amounts of inventory."

Speedway officials are optimizing employee performance to ensure the continuation of events hosted on the grounds.

"We're not recession-proof, but we're recession resistant," Burbank said.

Roy Baker founded the historic speedway in 1927 as Baker Ranch Stadium for rodeos. It's been used as a movie set and livestock yard and for motor sports and open-air markets.

The speedway's Web site address is www.saugusspeedway.com.

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