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February 25, 2013
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Nevada City's Sierra Video being 'consolidated

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One of the region’s leading video technology businesses is in a confirmed state of flux, but whether it will close its Nevada City doors remains unclear.

Kramer Electronics, parent company of Nevada City-based Sierra Video Systems, “is currently consolidating its manufacturing operations in order to leverage Kramer’s global supply chain to better serve its global customers,” according to a statement issued to The Union Monday by Richard Wehling, chief operating officer of Sierra Video.

Monday’s statement was issued to The Union in response to requests for comment on reports that the company’s Nevada City headquarters was being cleared out Friday and possibly being shut down.

The short statement did not officially deny or confirm the report of the business’ closure, and the company did not elaborate on the specifics of the consolidation. Its only other disclosure read, “Kramer’s commitment to (and investment in) the Sierra product line and Kramer’s dedication to support Sierra’s customers are stronger than ever.”

Requests for further clarification by The Union were not responded to Monday by Wehling.

Founded in 1984, Sierra Video Systems specializes in the design, manufacture and distribution of high-quality video and audio routing switchers for the professional AV, broadcast, government and presentation marketplaces. It was one of a dozen or so companies that shot off from Grass Valley Group, such as AJA Video, Ensemble Designs, Editware, NVision, Videoframe, Telestream and Renegade Labs.

Israel-based Kramer Electronics Company purchased the company in November 2003 after a two-year partnership.

A call to Kramer Electronics’ U.S. headquarters in New Jersey was reportedly not able to be forwarded to the appropriate person due to phone malfunctions, said the woman who answered the phone there. An email to executives in New Jersey was also not responded to Monday.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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