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Ovation Guitars Factory reopens with live concert from REO Speedwagon

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Ovation Guitars Factory reopens with live concert from REO Speedwagon (WFSB) Ovation Guitars Factory reopens with live concert from REO Speedwagon (WFSB)
NEW HARTFORD,CT (WFSB) -

A legendary rock band was in Connecticut hitting the right note at a local business on Monday.

The Ovation Guitars Factory in New Hartford was shut down last year, but now they're "back in business on Monday.

World-class musicians have been strumming Ovation Guitars for decades including REO Speedwagon.

On Monday, REO Speedwagon visited the Ovation Factory for a live concert. They played the guitars that are American made and created in Connecticut.

Monday was a big reversal from June 2014 when after 50 years, Ovation was shut down by the brand's former parent company.

On that day, 46 people lost their jobs and had little hope the factory would be back in business.

But last December, Ovation was bought by California-based Drum Workshop and the family-owned company committed to Connecticut.

"We knew and wanted to make Ovation Guitars in the United States again,” John Bagan with Drum Workshop, Inc. said. “Our hope and our dream was that we were going to be able to do it right here where they had been made for so many years before."

This month, the factory started producing the classic guitars again.

"Ovations are very special guitars,” Bagan said. “They're very unique and they're not easy to make."

"We take it for granted because we just play'em,” Kevin Cronin, REO Speedwagon said. “But, boy when you see the guys that are actually putting them together, it's pretty special."

Some employees who've been affiliated with Ovation for years have their jobs back.

After Monday’s celebration and live concert, the first new guitar off the line went to Cronin.   

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