Advance Products plant to close in June

04/04/2014 2:40 PM

04/04/2014 7:05 PM

The Advance Products plant, 1199 E. Central, will close at the end of June, meaning the loss of 54 jobs.

The plant makes metal carts for audio-visual equipment.

It will remain open until June, said Melissa Rone, spokeswoman for company owner, Da-Lite.

The announcement was made to employees last week.

The employees will receive job placement services, instruction on resume-writing and job hunting, and time off for job interviews, she said. Those who stay through the transition will receive retention bonuses.

The reason for the closure, she said, is that there is less demand for carts for AV equipment than there used to be – back when overhead projectors and VCRs were commonplace.

“These products have less need for these carts and likewise less of a need for Advance parts, so the operation in Wichita was no longer sustainable,” she said.

Cart manufacturing will move to Warsaw, Ind., where the company is based.

Da-Lite, a maker of projection screens, bought Advance Products and the Wichita plant in 1995. Da-Lite itself was purchased by Milestone AV Technologies, based in Eden Prairie, Minn., in 2013.

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