Elkhart-based Crown International plans to shift its strategies in the market place — a move that will mean the loss of 75 production jobs.
The company plans to phase out some production jobs at the plant that makes high-grade audio equipment. It wants to focus more on making prototypes, allowing engineers to have prototypes for customers within a day or so, instead of weeks.
Currently those products are outsourced.
The company wants to make a low volume of products, but more of them.
“Its good news, bad news when you are bringing in high-paying jobs, you’re bringing in a better quality of worker. One who probably has more experience, higher education. So that type of thing is always a good thing for the community. It’s always sad to see the everyday guy loose his job,” said Arvis Dawson with the mayor’s office.
The company hopes to have a better handle on the workers affected next week. All will be offered a severance package.