Mackie Designs announced that the company will begin to outsourcethe assembly of a number of high-volume products currently produced inits Woodinville, Wash., headquarters. As a result, 200 employees werelaid off.
“It is important to understand that cessation of Woodinvillemanufacturing is the next phase in a very important and deliberatetransition, and not a scaling of workforce to revenue, as industryrumors may suggest,” Jamie Engen, Mackie president/CEO wrote onthe company's Website, www.mackie.com.
Engen also wrote that Mackie will introduce a range of new products.Engineering, product development, industrial design and marketingteams, as well as sales, sales administration, support and serviceteams will remain in Woodinville.
In other Mackie news, the company and Emagic will merge their audiocontrol surface technologies: Future Mackie-engineered control surfaceswill include Emagic's Logic Control and Mackie Control, as well asMackie's HUI protocol. The two companies have released an upgrade thatallows Mackie Control and Logic Control users to take advantage of thecombined functionality.
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