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Piano Maker Moving To Pierce County Site

Sat., May 11, 1996, midnight

One of the world’s largest piano makers is moving its electronic keyboard and synthesizer operations to Pierce County, a shift that will mean 125 to 150 new jobs.

About half those slots will be filled with employees now in Y.C.A. Timber Inc.’s affiliated offices in Boston and Los Angeles offices, Y.C.A. Timber president J.C. Kim said Thursday.

The Los Angeles and Boston operations will be absorbed into Y.C.A. Timber, the American subsidiary of Young Chang Akki, a South Korean-based company that makes pianos, guitars and furniture components.

The company will spend about $10 million on 10 acres of land and a new 40,000-square-foot building in DuPont, already booming as the site of an Intel computer plant under construction.

The plant will make and distribute Kurzweil brand keyboards and synthesizers.

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