Connecticut-based Harman International Industries Inc. (NYSE: HAR) has announced the first round of layoffs stemming from the closure of its Crown Audio plant in Elkhart. In a notice to the state, the company says 50 employees will be let go December 22.
In September, the audio technology manufacturer announced plans to close several facilities worldwide and lay off 650 workers. The Elkhart plant employs approximately 115 people.
Harman says the 50 employees being laid off in December have been notified of their separations, which are expected to be permanent. The company expects more layoffs to occur on or before August 31 of next year. Those employees will be notified of their separation date 60 days in advance.
When the closure was announced, Harman spokesman David Glaubke said the company had begun consolidating certain locations that came to the company through acquisitions over the past 10 years.