[JPL] Gibson Acquires KRK, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Mon Dec 5 13:25:18 EST 2011

Gibson Acquires KRK, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton

by Clive Young, On December 5, 2011 00:00 EDT

Nashville, TN (December 5, 2011)---Gibson Guitar has acquired the 
Stanton Group---KRK Systems, Cerwin-Vega and Stanton DJ---which will 
become the basis for a new Gibson Pro Audio division.

The closing of this acquisition marks Gibson's further expansion into 
the pro audio market with loudspeaker, monitor and electronics 
technology. The new Gibson Pro Audio division will be based in 
Nashville, TN; each of the Stanton Group brands had been based in 
Deerfield Beach, FL.

"Right now we have an extremely powerful brand that people recognize and 
value, but the musical instrument category is inherently limited because 
people who purchase instruments also need to know how to play them," 
says Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "This new 
division is perfectly aligned with our core. It expands our reach to 
fellow music lovers and allows us access to 20 in 20 consumers instead 
of the one in 20 we currently hit."

Juszkiewicz adds, "Stanton produces some of the best pro audio equipment 
in the world and we're incredibly excited to be working with the very 
talented team at Stanton as we take Gibson into the future."

. KRK Systems has produced monitors and control room solutions, 
including studio monitors, subwoofers, headphones and accessories, since 
its founding in 1986.

. Stanton designs and manufactures professional audio products for DJs. 
Founded in 1946 by Walter O. Stanton, the inventor of an easily 
replaceable phonograph stylus, Stanton Magnetics today produuces 
turntables, cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and digital 

. Founded in 1954, Cerwin-Vega Inc. designs, manufactures and 
distributes loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets.

"We are very excited to be joining the Gibson family," says Timothy 
Dorwart, CEO of the Stanton Group. "This partnership will allow our 
brands and core management team to continue our growth and momentum in 
the marketplace within our shared channel while the association with the 
iconic Gibson brand gives us the opportunity to quickly expand our 
customer base. Moreover, we bring technical resources that will enhance 
the R&D capabilities of both companies."

Gibson Guitar Corp.

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