> > p.s. I find it VERY interesting that the opening statement does not > have the word "manufacturer" in it. > > > > To Whom It May Concern, > > The purpose of this letter is to make you aware that Mackie has > entered the final stages of an important transition. We believe this > transition will further our position as a world-class developer, > designer and marketer of professional audio products. > > For several years, Mackie has been laying the groundwork to outsource > the assembly of a number of high-volume products currently produced in > our Woodinville, Wash. headquarters. This transition will allow Mackie > to bring more cost-effective and competitive products to market than > ever before, while also allowing us to invest more resources in key > areas such as Product Development, Engineering and Industrial Design. > > As a result of this new focus, Mackie has issued notices to > approximately 200 employees in Woodinville manufacturing who will be > directly affected by this transition. It is important to understand > that cessation of Woodinville manufacturing is the next phase in a > very important and deliberate transition, and not a scaling of > workforce to revenue, as industry rumors may suggest. > > Manufacturing employees affected by this change will receive > completion bonuses and severance packages based on years of service. > They may also be eligible for federal help in the form of extended > unemployment benefits and retraining benefits. > > As we move forward, Mackie will seek out the best possible resources > around the world to provide manufacturing expertise equal to our own > design and engineering talents. In some cases these resources will be > internal; in some cases they will be sub-contractors carefully > selected for their ability to meet our world-renowned quality control > standards. > > In the coming months, Mackie will introduce an unprecedented range of > new products. These products aim to redefine the pro audio industry > with truly amazing features and value. These new products are also a > clear indication of what we will be able to accomplish as a result of > our new structure. > > Mackie remains committed to the creative horsepower of our > Engineering, Product Development, Industrial Design and Marketing > teams, as well as the pace-setting standards of our Sales, Sales > Admin, Support and Service teams. All of these functions will remain > fully active at the company's headquarters in Woodinville. > > We feel that we have turned a significant corner at Mackie and are > once again on the path to growth. We look forward to building on the > passion and product development talents that have made Mackie an > industry leader for nearly 15 years. > > Sincerely, > > Jamie Engen > President and CEO > Mackie Designs Inc.