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Update: Owners Email About LARCAN Closure
Canadian transmitter manufacturer ceased operations July 10
UPDATE: After repeated attempts by TV Technology to get comments from the owners of LARCAN, we received the following email 37 hours after publication of the news that the operation had shut down—news confirmed by at least a dozen sources, including employees:
“Dear TVtechnology (sic),
We are Sumavision from China.
We saw news ‘LARCAN Closes Its Doors’ on your website, We formally notice you that this news is not true.
Sumavision did not have any order to discontinue operations of Larcan, and Sumavision is still working on Larcan issues and no conclusion for now.
Please pay attention to truth of your report.
Sumavision Retain legal rights and interests.
The email was sent from a Linda Gao at Sumavision.com. TV Technology replied to Ms. Gao as follows:
“Are you saying that all LARCAN employees are still actively engaged in daily employment with LARCAN?”
This reply email bounced, and repeated attempts to call the number listed for Sumavision on the email did not go through.
TV Technology welcomes the opportunity to talk to representatives of Sumavision about its plans for LARCAN.
In the meantime, we stand by our reporting. ~ Deborah D. McAdams
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, CANADA—TV Technology has learned that LARCAN,
a Canadian television and radio transmitter manufacturer that has been in
operation since the early 1950s, ceased operating on July 10, several
sources familiar with the situation confirmed. One said the company shut its
doors and dismissed the roughly 35-40 employees remaining at its Mississauga,
Ontario and Lafayette, Colo. operations.
According to one source, employees were given no notice of the impending
closure. They were told only that they were now without jobs and given orders
to remove their personal belongings and turn in keys and company-issued credit
Another source reported that the order to discontinue operations had come
from Sumavision, Larcan’s majority owner based in China. LARCAN began a
partnership with Beijing’s Sumavision Technologies Co., Ltd. in 2009, with that
company acquiring a controlling interest in LARCAN in late 2013.
Multiple LARCAN executives did not respond to queries about the shutdown,
which one source said came after orders for transmitters “dried up.”
LARCAN had a long-established global reputation in the field of both
solid-state and vacuum television transmitters in all power ranges. The company
also manufactured FM broadcast transmitters and translators, as well as mobile
DTV products. LARCAN has also provided of a range of engineering services in
connection with transmitter installations.
LARCAN was formally established in 1981 when employees of the Canadian
General Electric and the LeBlanc and Royale organization purchased CGE’s
broadcast operation. The name LARCAN is an acronym for LeBlanc And
Royal CANada. Until recently, LARCAN has been Canada’s only
manufacturer of both radio and television transmitters. (Editor's note: Nautel introduced its first DTV transmitter line at NAB last year, and Technaligix, which came to our attention in the comments below, was “derived from a major U.S. broadcasting company,” according to its website, and “incorporated in 1995.”
~Deborah D. McAdams contributed to this story.