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MartinLogan eliminates production from Lawrence facility, moves some jobs to Canada

A local Lawrence business will be cutting more jobs in the next few months. Martin Logan will eliminate 12 positions this spring.

February 4, 2010

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MartinLogan Ltd., a Lawrence-based designer and maker of high-end audio speakers, is moving its on-site production work to a larger plant in Canada, a move that will eliminate 12 jobs in Lawrence.

MartinLogan will retain its distribution, sales, marketing, product development, quality control, accounting and warranty-repair functions in Lawrence, where the company now employs 50 people at a complex at 2101 Del.

Employees losing their jobs will be production personnel. The move is expected to take effect March 26, with production handled by a sister company in Mississauga, Ontario, a town on the northwestern edge of Lake Ontario.

“Based on current economic conditions, we are taking steps to make sure that MartinLogan remains a viable, ongoing concern,” said Tim Valters, the company’s president and CEO.

Sue Agnitsch, MartinLogan’s vice president for finance, said that employees were told of the production consolidation during meetings Thursday.

MartinLogan has been in Lawrence since 1982, with the creation of Gayle Sanders and Ron Sutherland designing and building electrostatic loudspeakers for discerning customers — including notable musicians like Lenny Kravitz and sports superstars including Albert Pujols.

Today, the business is owned by ShoreView Industries, and its products range from home-theater speakers sold in select Best Buy locations to the electrostatic equipment that ranges from $2,000 to $50,000 per pair.

MartinLogan’s sales during the past six months are up 25 percent from the comparable six months a year earlier, said dean Tassio, the company’s senior vice president for sales and marketing. And, helped by the launch of a new line of home-theater speakers, MartinLogan expects record sales this year.

Comments

Mike Wagner 4 years, 10 months ago

They are Not the company they once were, that's for sure! Why did Best Buy even get brought up in this article? If you are looking for speakers go to Kief's!!

grammaddy 4 years, 10 months ago

12 more in the unemployment line. So sad. And sales are up 25%. Greed is ugly.

tomatogrower 4 years, 10 months ago

They won't have to provide insurance for their employees there. I'm surprised there aren't more businesses wanting the single payer solution.

BigPrune 4 years, 10 months ago

If the corporate tax was cut from the 35% in the US to the average 22% seen in other countries on average, I bet these people would be keeping their jobs and this work would be performed in the United States instead of Canada. There's something for Obama to change. Cut the taxes and create some jobs.

rastley 4 years, 10 months ago

So...based on current economic conditions, like sales that are up 25 percent and their expectations of record sales, they need to lay people off and move jobs out of the country? And they call themselves "The Great American Speaker Company". This is the reason the recession won't end. Companies that are doing well decide to eliminate jobs and contribute to the problem. I hope they have a huge fallout from this and they probably will considering the type of customers they cater to.

UfoPilot 4 years, 10 months ago

Most of thier sales are outside of the U.S.

Phillbert 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes, just change U.S. taxes to the same rates as in all those "socialist" countries that conservatives tell us are so overtaxed (Like Canada! What business would ever want to move there?) and this company would unleash the power of the free market and have record sales...just like the record sales it is already having.

Listen to the tomatogrower - he/she is on to something.

George_Braziller 4 years, 10 months ago

Kief's? I've been there three times over the last 20 years. Each one was a REALLY bad experience. I'd dumpster dive for an 8-track player before I went back to Kief's again.


bigmike (Anonymous) says… They are Not the company they once were, that's for sure! Why did Best Buy even get brought up in this article? If you are looking for speakers go to Kief's!!

Richard Heckler 4 years, 10 months ago

If cutting taxes created jobs Kansas would have zero unemployment at this point in history.

Just goes to show cutting taxes does not create jobs ... just larger bank accounts for the owners and/or upper level management and shareholders.

frank mcguinness 4 years, 10 months ago

Awesome company...

Our Production Plant is in Canada

Our Quality Control Office is in Lawrence Kansas.

Fail

jayhawklawrence 4 years, 10 months ago

You guys make a lot of assumptions for people who don't have all the facts.

Most of your assumptions are tied to a political philosophy.

When people need to explain things they don't understand, they create either a new religion or a political philosophy. Hence, our current congress.

A lot of people who can't do much of anything, explaining how the world is to the rest of us.

littlebird 4 years, 10 months ago

What I do know is that someone from the city's economic development office, which unfortunately is the do-nothing Chamber of Commerce, needs to go out the their offices and say "What can we do to keep these jobs in Lawrence. Not only that, what can we do to help you move all those jobs in Canada down to Lawrence." That is what should be happening. Instead the Chamber is trying to decide where the best pancakes are for the breakfast meeting.

feetup 4 years, 10 months ago

right on the money little bird! Why do we keep LOSING jobs in lawrence for the blue collar workers?

thefactsare 4 years, 10 months ago

Maybe we should look at the budget that the community has for economic development compared to surrounding communities as many are much larger than here. Also, look at the number of employees as most communities have over 3 and the Chamber has 1.

Jimo 4 years, 10 months ago

"in Mississauga, Ontario, a town on the northwestern edge of Lake Ontario."

Obviously, Mr. Fagan has never been to Mississauga. This "town" is about twice the size of Kansas City, Missouri, and I believe is the 6th largest metropolitan area in all of Canada.

Danimal 4 years, 10 months ago

Enjoy more American jobs Canada! Yay for NAFTA!

ralphralph 4 years, 10 months ago

Mississauga is awash with Asian immigrants brought in to take jobs from Americans, and incidently is the Canadian home of Wal*Mart ... sort of a Bentonville-North.

Keith 4 years, 10 months ago

"davy (Anonymous) says… not sure where Big Prune gets his info…."

That is a daily puzzlement.

Thinking_Out_Loud 4 years, 10 months ago

littlebird writes "...the Chamber is trying to decide where the best pancakes are for the breakfast meeting."

I like both Milton's and FirstWatch's pancakes.

Mike Wagner 4 years, 10 months ago

Hey george

That is so different from what most people have to say about kiefs. I am very curious as to what made your experiences with them so bad?

beep 4 years, 10 months ago

Hmm, let's see... "MartinLogan’s sales during the past six months are up 25 percent from the comparable six months a year earlier, said dean Tassio, the company’s senior vice president for sales and marketing. And, helped by the launch of a new line of home-theater speakers, MartinLogan expects record sales this year."

Yet... “Based on current economic conditions, we are taking steps to make sure that MartinLogan remains a viable, ongoing concern,” said Tim Valters, the company’s president and CEO.

Something doesn't add up. The latter sounds more plausible--they're having a tough time due to the recession. The other is sales talk, no matter how you spin the facts.

Put a fork in 'em eventually. You can't have production in one place and quality control and warranty repair in another, with thousands of miles between them.

The founders have left the company. On the other hand Gayle Sanders is one of the most arrogant self-important people I've ever met, so maybe they're better off without him.

The people I feel sorry for are the production staff in Lawrence. No sympathy for the ownership and mis-management.

beep 4 years, 10 months ago

Hmm, let's see... "MartinLogan’s sales during the past six months are up 25 percent from the comparable six months a year earlier, said dean Tassio, the company’s senior vice president for sales and marketing. And, helped by the launch of a new line of home-theater speakers, MartinLogan expects record sales this year."

Yet... “Based on current economic conditions, we are taking steps to make sure that MartinLogan remains a viable, ongoing concern,” said Tim Valters, the company’s president and CEO.

Something doesn't add up. The latter sounds more plausible--they're having a tough time due to the recession. The other is sales talk, no matter how you spin the facts.

Put a fork in 'em eventually. You can't have production in one place and quality control and warranty repair in another, with thousands of miles between them.

The founders have left the company. On the other hand Gayle Sanders is one of the most arrogant self-important people I've ever met, so maybe they're better off without him.

The people I feel sorry for are the production staff in Lawrence. No sympathy for the ownership and mis-management.

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