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Jobs being cut, moved at Polk Audio

Polk Audio's presence on its native Baltimore turf is shrinking again.

The company that makes speakers and headphones for home sound systems will lose about half of its workforce of more than 80 people in a reorganization by its parent company Sound United, a division of DEI Holdings Inc.

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Ten positions will be eliminated, and some 30 jobs are being moved from the headquarters in northwest Baltimore to the parent's headquarters near San Diego in a reorganization that the company wants to complete by the end of August.

Kevin Duffy, president of Sound United, said in a statement that the moves were meant to "streamline our operations as a whole and position the company for long-term continued success."

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The moves are meant to eliminate redundancies and cut the cost of keeping operations here and in California.

Engineering and technical work will stay in Baltimore, but moving to the West Coast are jobs in inventory planning, administration, accounting, human resources and supply chain/logistics.

The company founded by three Johns Hopkins University graduates in 1972 was acquired by DEI in 2006 for $136 million in cash.

The workforce was cut twice in the 1990s as jobs were either eliminated or moved to production plants in Tijuana, Mexico.

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