Fender to Close New Hartford Facility, Cease U.S. Production of Ovation




Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it will close its New Hartford, Connecticut, manufacturing facility in June, citing current market conditions and insufficient volume levels as the cause. U.S. production of Fender acoustic and Guild instruments will transition to other facilities at a later date, while domestic production of U.S.-made Ovation instruments will cease. The move affects 46 employees in New Hartford, who, the company says, will be offered severance packages, outplacement services, and other related assistance.

“We are committed to providing the same high-quality musical instruments our artists, consumers, and customers expect and demand, and will continue to support the brands currently being produced in New Hartford,” said Richard McDonald, senior vice president.