Janesville Acoustics to close Norwalk facility

296 employees to lose jobs
Scott Seitz
Aug 28, 2013


The Janesville Acoustics facility will close its doors in Norwalk.

Corporate officials were at Plant 60 this morning and announced the company will begin phasing out workers through the end of 2014.

The plant presently employs about 296 people, including hourly and salaried.

Janesville officials talked about the phase-out plans.

"These plans come in response to market pressures, including increased demand from customers to manufacture in closer proximity to their operations," the company said in a prepared statement. 

"The company intends to establish a new plant in Kansas, Missouri or Nebraska before the close of 2013, a location within reach of the assembly plants of many current Janesville Acoustics customers," officials said.

The Norwalk plant is scheduled to permanently close by the end of 2014, with the earliest signs of the phase-out period commencing this fall, officials added.

Keep checking back for more details.


hit the road jack

Cliff: you are correct, I was at fisher titus industrial services a year or so ago and their were a bunch of young people in there to take a piss test, I heard later out of like 40 people 15 passed the drug test, I posted it at the time and it fell on deaf ears.


sorry posted twice


Well said.. I as well had heard almost a year ago, that what you stated was and is going to continue to be a problem. Your welfare comment appears to be spot on.


Can't believe i am agreeing with you, but then again we are mostly just a couple of guys who will do what it takes to put food on the table, even if a lower paying job was needed. But with the ever increasing welfare payouts. Quik buck drug sales. Easy metal scraping. Where is the incentive? Reward the failure-punish the successful.


A friend in human resources for a large Sandusky employer told me that his company has trouble filling job openings because they require a drug test. Maybe the same here?

future in jeopardy

As sad as this news is you can't criticize the business for wanting to make more money. That is why they exist, to make as much money possible by providing a product or service. Hopefully a new business will see opportunity in the area, especially with an increased labor force and open a new business or expand an existing to provide jobs to take the place of these.


Maybe Cliff, but since you've got a CDL, you know that there is demand for those jobs: most of those full time driving jobs demand almost all of your time. Management should make profit. Labour should paid & treated fair too. It cuts both ways. ALL pay for this 1 way or another, i.e. lower wages, increase in crime, less services. We all lose on these kinds of things. Figures don't lie .

Cliff Cannon

@kURTje: I don't understand your point here. Please clarify


Tax abatements and right to work state...end of story.

Cliff Cannon

@T.J. : Well put


Completely agree TJ. Cliff and Rogerthat, you are correct also, Janesville also became tired of applicants not passing drug screens, and those that did had a poor work ethic (not showing up, quitting without notice after a few days, etc.) Our welfare/entitlement system has enabled people to sit on their rears and live off the working man's taxes.

Now The Rest of...

Another success story for Mayor Duncan's jobs, jobs, policy, the only thing we didn't realize he meant losing jobs, jobs. Where is Kat now?


More unions, less jobs.


Tax abatements (our $$) 1rst used in Miss. circa 1933? Still 1 of the pOOrest states in the nation; though beTTing Ohio is close by now. ewg.org - that's our handouts ($$). LocaLLy an individual got angered with the facts about the welfare, er, $$ we give him. Same person declared bankruptcy, stiFFing my friend out $30K. Then same "guy" started busineSS again. Respect cuts both ways - that's why abatements = our $$. Many companies chase after in diFFerent states tOO. (You probably already knew that) This sounds similar. Yes I stiLL want to see you face 2 face when I get time. (Got a low propane fEE to pay - check on that 1also/Sunrise) Hey - its just busineSS Hope 2 sEE you sOOn my friend. p.s ask Chief Light how this makes his job harder tOO.


What is wrong with your keyboard... i cant even read this nonsense...

Cliff Cannon

Morning kURTje : No doubt, tax abatements changed everything in the business world. Problem, is of course, they are a way of life now. So, if anyone's state doesn't play that game naturally they lose.

For example the 'miracle ' rebirth of Norwalk Furniture would not have occurred with out the 2.1 million in loans from the state of Ohio. So of course,we sometimes benefit from it here to.

No doubt, respect cuts not only 'both ways' it cuts all ways. So the guy who stiffed your buddy with his bankruptcy filing. Will get his I am betting. Because, there is a particular problem that people who can not be trusted have-----they trust no one either.

Which of course,is the problem the selfish person faces or anyone with any other human defect you can name. If the defect is in 'you', you WILL live it out in your daily life. ( and reap the er,ah, 'rewards' for such character defects)

Thanks for writing back


CliFF was being addressed - not you.