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Jul 10, 2002 12:00 PM

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AGOURA HILLS, CA (July 8, 2002) -- A new company, North American Pro Audio (NAPA), has been formed to provide United States distribution for British audio mixing console manufacturer Allen & Heath. The new company will operate as Allen&Heath USA. Allen & Heath will be represented by NAPA beginning August 1, 2002, ending the UK company's business relationship with Utah-based Harman Music Group. Allen & Heath left the Harman International Industries Ltd. group following a management buyout in June 2001 but continued to distribute its products through Harman Music Group until the present time. Allen & Heath's Managing Director, Glenn Rogers explains the move: "This change in distribution is the final step on the journey to full independence which we embarked on with the buyout last year. We're grateful to Harman Music Group team in Utah for all the work they have done over the years to support the brand. Thanks to them, we and NAPA have a very strong base from which to grow our business in the future." NAPA has been founded by Lynn P. Martin, an industry veteran who has held executive positions with Harman International and, most recently, with Guitar Center, a prominent musical instrument retailer. Allan Nichols will continue as Director of Sales in the new company. NAPA plans to retain the existing rep network to ensure a smooth transition for the dealers and customers that they serve. The new company has its headquarters at a newly built facility in Agoura Hills, in Los Angeles, Calif., with Nichols operating a satellite facility in Nashville, Tenn. to ensure complete East and West Coast coverage. Lynn P. Martin, President of NAPA, said: "This is the beginning of an incredibly exciting future for us and for Allen & Heath. The team we have built has an unsurpassed knowledge of this business, and we are all huge fans of Allen & Heath's products. I've seen the new product plan and the future looks very bright indeed." For more information please call NAPA on (818) 917-3556 or email info@allen-heath-usa.com.






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