Allen & Heath Creates New U.S. Distribution Company

Jul 10, 2002 12:00 PM, Editors


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A new company located in Agoura Hills, Calif., North American Pro Audio (NAPA), has 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 explained 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 for all the work they have done over the years to support the brand."

NAPA was founded by Lynn P. Martin, an industry veteran who has held executive positions with Harman International and, most recently, with Guitar Center. Allan Nichols will continue as director of sales for the new company. He will operate a satellite facility in Nashville to cover the east and west coasts.

NAPA said it would retain the existing rep network to ensure a smooth transition for their dealers and customers. Martin 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, contact NAPA at 800/431-2609 after August 1.

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