According to ex-employees, inMusic has today fired a large portion of the Moog staff in Asheville and aims to relocate the production to Asia.
In June, it was announced that inMusic had purchased Moog Music. This news caused an uproar in the community because many know the history of inMusic and other companies. What inMusic wants to do with Moog is not yet known.
Now I have received explosive news that probably points to the end of Moog in Asheville.
inMusic Fired Moog Staff
There is no official press release from Moog or inMusic yet. However, according to ex-employees, many Moog employees in Asheville were fired today. Adam Strange, a former instructor at Moog says: “Moog just fired most everybody, it was a good run. Game over”.
Another person writes: “Moog about to change for ever, a sad day for their team and all of us”. According to the post, the “Asheville location will remain open for now, only making a limited number of higher-end products but the majority will be made overseas and of lower quality”.
As I said, the news is not official from Moog/inMusic, but is currently being spread on Facebook and people from Asheville.
Since the sale, there has been speculation about how Moog will position itself in the future. Many assumed that inMusic would delocalize the brand to Asia in order to produce more cheaply. This is probably becoming a reality now.
Update: here are more reactions from the Asheville Reddit group. Plus, there is an article that says that they laid off 30 people today, and since the inMusic take over in June 42. So it looks like they primarily laid off production staff.
A sad day for Moog if that’s true. Because then Moog would no longer be the Moog we know. I will stay tuned to the news and add to it as more information becomes available.