Harman Lays Off 650 Employees in Consolidation Plan
Harman, which was acquired late last year by Samsung, announced the consolidation of its Professional Solutions group, which will impact a number of offices in the U.S. and Europe and result in the layoff of 650 employees.
In a statement provided to AV Nation TV, which is underwritten by Harman, Harman International PR director David Glaubke said the changes being made are the “culmination of a transformation” that the Pro Solutions division has undergone over the last few years. The changes, he said, are aimed at better serving the company’s customer base, increasing their competitiveness, and accelerating new product innovation.
“We are now consolidating certain locations acquired through acquisitions over the years to leverage the R&D, engineering, design and manufacturing operations of our other divisions and speed up our time to market,” Glaubke said.
The Pro Solutions locations that will be impacted include facilities in Elkhart, Indiana; South Jordan, Utah; and a few smaller locations that the company has acquired throughout Europe over the past decade. After the closures the company will operate out of three main facilities: Northridge, California, for acoustics; Richardson, Texas, for electronics, DSP, and video and control; and Aarhus, Denmark, for Lighting.
“I want to emphasize that decisions like this, while necessary, are not easy to make. We have given our employees advance notification of the changes we will make over the next year to assist with the transition and will do our best to mitigate the impact to our employees and their families,” Glaubke said. “Importantly, we also will ensure that the process is completely seamless for our customers. We are very excited about the future of HARMAN Professional Solutions and believe that, with these changes, we are now aligned and structured to serve our customers better and to return to stronger profitable growth.”
Technology Integrator has reached out to Harman for additional comment, and we will update this story as new information becomes available.