Factory That Produced Guitars For Music Legends Is Closing

HARTFORD, Conn. (April 23, 2014) 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 ending U.S. production of Ovation guitars.

The company notified employees Tuesday that production at the factory will end by June, according to a report by the Republican-American of Waterbury, Conn.

The company cited "current market conditions and insufficient volume levels."

Factory workers called 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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