Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut is closing

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Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 1:05 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that has produced instruments for music legends from Paul Simon to Cat Stevens to Glen Campbell is closing after 47 years.

The New Hartford factory's owner, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. of Scottsdale, Ariz., is ceasing U.S. production of Ovation guitars and notified employees Tuesday that production at the factory will end by June. That's according to a report by the Republican-American of Waterbury (http://bit.ly/1ieyjig ).

The company is citing "current market conditions and insufficient volume levels." Factory workers are calling it the end of an iconic American brand.

Ovation guitars were created by the late Charles Kaman, a helicopter engineer and founder of Bloomfield, Conn.-based aerospace company Kaman Corp. Fender bought Bloomfield-based Kaman Music Corp. in 2007.

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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

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