LARCAN Inc, the Canadian radio and television transmitter manufacturer, with offices in Mississauga and Colorado, ceased operations on July 10th. The company had been in operation, with various owners, since the early 1950s. Approximately 30-40 employees lost their jobs.
LARCAN was established in 1981 when employees of the broadcast division of Canadian General Electric and LeBlanc and Royle, a now defunct broadcast tower company, purchased the division’s broadcast operations. The name LARCAN is an acronym for LeBlanc and Royle Canada.
The decision to cease operations was apparently made by Sumavision, Larcan’s China based majority owner, which acquired controlling interest, in Larcan, in 2013.
LARCAN has had many firsts in transmitter development. LARCAN developed the first HDTV transmitter in 1996.