Friday, February 9th, 2018
Axe Music Founder and President Brian Holowaychuk has announced via Facebook that he is retiring and has sold the company to Long & McQuade. Axe’s Edmonton location will transfer ownership to Long & McQuade on March 31, 2018, while Axe’s Calgary store will, as previously reported, close on May 31, 2018.
Holowaychuk says business will continue as normal until Axe Music Edmonton becomes a Long & McQuade location on June 1st. New 2018 stock is being ordered while other items, which Holowaychuk says Long & McQuade won’t want to carry, will be sold at a discount.
Saturday, January 27th, 2018
The Levy family
Case and accessory manufacturer Gator Cases has acquired of Levy’s Leathers Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer of leather guitar straps and accessories.
Operations for both companies will continue at their current facilities. Levy’s manufacturing of leather goods will remain in Canada, and Gator’s rotomolded plastics and custom flight case divisions look to continue growth in Indiana. Both parties say they look forward to increased efficiencies and expansion utilizing Gator’s expertise in product development and numerous offshore manufacturing facilities. Additionally, both companies intend to leverage their combined expertise to increase both individual and overall customer experience and brand family success.
Friday, January 26th, 2018
Radial Engineering Founder Peter Janis
Radial Engineering, the Canadian manufacturer of direct boxes and audio solutions, has been acquired by Mike Belitz, president and CEO of Ultimate Support Systems.
Established in 1991, Radial Engineering Ltd. was originally developed as a range of cable products by outgoing president and CEO Peter Janis. The release of their first direct box in 1996, the Radial JDI, was the beginning in a long line of innovations that saw Radial become a leading name in premium direct boxes and audio solutions. In the intervening years, the Radial brand family and distribution network has grown to include a diverse catalog of brands, including: Primacoustic, Tonebone, Reamp, Hafler, Dynaco, Iso-Max and Jensen Transformers Inc. Ultimate Support and Radial Engineering say they will enjoy shared strategic and logistical advantages under leadership of Belitz; with the end result of wider availability to retailers, distributors, and end-users around the world.
Monday, January 15th, 2018
The Avedis Zildjian Company has announced it is acquiring the Mike Balter Mallet Company, which is the world’s largest percussion mallet manufacturer.
“We’ve long respected Mike as a first call percussionist and drummer who founded his own business to address a void in the marketplace, and grew his company to become the leading maker of mallets worldwide,” says CEO Craigie Zildjian. “Over the past 40 years, Mike has developed the broadest selection of mallets in the industry, including signature series models for such renowned artists as Louie Bellson, Joe Locke, Tony Miceli, Christos Rafalides, Keiko Kotoku, and Emil Richards. We look forward to bringing the Mike Balter brand into the Zildjian family and continuing its legacy of innovation.”
Monday, November 20th, 2017
ACT Lighting has completed its acquisition of RHC Holdings Corp. (RapcoHorizon). This move follows ACT Lighting’s recent acquisition of AC Power Distribution.
Headquartered in Jackson, MI and with core facilities in Massachusetts, Canada, and Mexico, RapcoHorizon manufactures interconnect assemblies, audio, data, and interface products, and specialty industrial wire. Its brand portfolio includes ProCo, RAT, RoadHog, and StageMASTER and its products are used by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles, and musicians. RapcoHorizon also has leading research and development capabilities and a modern custom metal shop to build new devices.
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Music technology company Audiofile Engineering has been acquired by Krekeltronics, a Minnesota-based product development firm. A new team will be resuming development on popular Audiofile products such as Fidelia, Vio, and Audiofile Calc, and has expanded contract product development services to assist with hardware, firmware, software, and integration, partnering with key audio technology and market leaders.