• In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 photo, Ovation Guitars employee Mike DeNoi reattaches the neck of a customer's guitar at the factory in New Hartford, Conn. The factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year will be making the renown instruments once again, thanks to the efforts of a factory employee who maintained the factory on his own in hopes a new buyer would revive it. (AP Photo/Kathryn Boughton)

    In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 photo, Ovation Guitars employee Mike DeNoi reattaches the neck of a customer's guitar at the factory in New Hartford, Conn. The factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year ... will be making the renown instruments once again, thanks to the efforts of a factory employee who maintained the factory on his own in hopes a new buyer would revive it. (AP Photo/Kathryn Boughton) (The Associated Press)

  • In this Aug. 31, 2015 photo Ovation Guitars plant manager Darren Wallace, left, and Joe Martocchio discuss the manufacture of a guitar at the reopened factory in New Hartford, Conn. The factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year will be making the renown instruments once again, thanks to the efforts of Wallace, who maintained the factory on his own in hopes a new buyer would revive it. (AP Photo/Kathryn Boughton)

    In this Aug. 31, 2015 photo Ovation Guitars plant manager Darren Wallace, left, and Joe Martocchio discuss the manufacture of a guitar at the reopened factory in New Hartford, Conn. The factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century ... before closing last year will be making the renown instruments once again, thanks to the efforts of Wallace, who maintained the factory on his own in hopes a new buyer would revive it. (AP Photo/Kathryn Boughton) (The Associated Press)

Production of renowned Ovation guitars to resume at Connecticut factory that closed last year

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A Connecticut factory that produced Ovation guitars for nearly a half century before closing last year will be making the renowned instruments once again, thanks to factory employees' efforts.

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Fender Musical Instruments Corp. closed the New Hartford facility in June 2014, citing market conditions, while continuing to make them in Asia. More than 40 workers lost their jobs.

Darren Wallace was among a few workers who were retained by Ovation. He kept up part of the plant on his own time with the hope it would reopen someday. Fender sold Ovation in December to Drum Workshop of Oxnard, California.

The new owners have decided to resume production at the plant with Wallace and five other workers, who will be turning out new instruments in a few weeks.