Dielectric Communications, an SPX business unit and maker of broadcast, radio and wireless antennas, will close its doors at the end of June, a victim of a global slump in the broadcast marketplace.
“After careful consideration, SPX has decided to discontinue the broadcast television and radio and wireless antenna operations worldwide, due to extremely difficult global economic conditions in the broadcast marketplace, and SPX’s ongoing efforts to further focus its future growth strategy on its Flow Technology business,” Mark Fichter, the general manager of Dielectric Communications, Broadcast and Wireless Antenna Operations, wrote in a letter to his customers.
Dielectric began in 1942 developing transmission lines for early wartime radar systems, installed the first digital TV antenna in 1994 and eventually deployed equipment for 1,300 DTV broadcasters.
Dielectric broadcast and wireless antenna personnel will be unavailable during the week of April 22, but will return the early part of the following week of April 29 to directly respond to customer inquiries.
“Our primary focus will be on completing outstanding orders while also conducting the necessary steps to close the business,” Fichter wrote. “We will continue to accept orders on a limited basis for in stock inventory items. However, orders for such items may only be accepted if payment is received up front and in full and delivery is taken on or before May 31.”