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LARCAN
Electronic Transmitters, Communication Antennas
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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 cards.

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.” - See more at: http://www.tvtechnology.com/article/larcan-closes-its-doors/271300#sthash.bVMzR4l3.dpuf

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Steven Bell
Mailing Address:
228 Ambassador Dr
MISSISSAUGA
Ontario L5T 2J2

Tel: (905) 564-9222
Fax: (905) 564-9244
jadamson@larcan.com


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