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wilf
25-02-09, 08:18 AM
February 24, 2009

Crane Cams shuts down, workers laid off By JIM WITTERS Senior Business Writer DAYTONA BEACH —

Crane Cams, a 56-year-old auto parts manufacturer,closed its doors this week and laid off its employees, a worker said today. The news took Volusia County’s top economic development officer by surprise. City, county and state officials were working with Crane Camsand officials from its New Jersey parent, Mikronite Technologies, tokeep the company open and in the community. “We were trying to help them through this transition,” said Rick Michael, Volusia County economic development director. “They were considering a transfer of ownership. We were not expecting any closure.” An automated voice mail system at Crane’s plant on Fentress Boulevard announced at midday today the company was closed and suggested callingback during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A call to Mikronite’s NewJersey offices produced similar results. Six cars sat in the parking lotearly this afternoon at the local plant, which employed 220 just three years ago. Inside the lobby, a reception desk sat empty. A call from the lobbyphone got an answer from Dennis Burgess, who declined to comment andsaid no one at the plant could provide information. In the parking lot, 14-year employee Ronald Dorn was leaving the plantfor what he believed was the last time He said workers were told during the past week that layoffs were likely,but he didn’t expect the plant to close. Mikronite received approval in 2006 to receive tax rebates from thestate and the county amid discussion about moving its New Jerseyoperations here. But the company ended its contract with the state in2008 due to nonperformance, Michael said. “Crane has gone through a series of small layoffs recently,” he said. Crane Cams and Crane Technologies Group were founded by Harvey J. CraneJr. in 1953 as Crane Engineering Inc. in Hallandale. The company is wellknown in high-performance and racing circles for its line of camshaftsand engine valve train components. In 1979, Crane Cams became an employee-owned company. Some operationsmoved to Daytona Beach in 1981, with the remainder of the operation andemployees relocating here in 1985. Mikronite, an industrial technology firm, bought Crane in 2006. In March 2007, Mikronite sold its property on Fentress to STAG CapitalPartners of Boston, then signed a 10-year lease.

dingocooke
25-02-09, 09:05 AM
thats a loss, and I bet comp cams are getting extra business because of it; sign of the times.

dingocooke
02-03-09, 01:13 PM
Crane Cams says it plans to reopen after restructuring: AutoWeek Magazine (http://www.autoweek.com/article/20090227/CARNEWS/902279984)