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Clair Opens New Branch

Clair Bros.' new Chicago location sees Keith Neubert heading up sales and management in the territory and Jim Johnson handling systems design and project 8/01/2009 8:00 AM Eastern

Clair Bros.' Gene Pelland (left) with Keith Neubert

Clair Bros.' new Chicago location sees Keith Neubert heading up sales and management in the territory and Jim Johnson handling systems design and project management.

“The venture began with a need for a more technical staff in the Chicago area to better service existing installations,” says the company's Larry Howard. “One of the installations that required quicker service was the Harvest Bible Chapel. Our introduction to Keith Neubert was made through Harvest Church where he held the position of director of production. We very much appreciated Keith's style of fair and honest business practices, so it seemed to be a perfect match to explore a new venture. Since Keith was not interested in relocating, we decided to open a branch office and go after more work in his area.

“The sky is the limit for this location, as with all Clair employees in all our locations, so we are open to do as much as possible in the AVL world,” Howard continues. “In order to maintain a low overhead, which the economy demands, the Chicago office functions mainly as a communication base. Clair Brothers will continue to purchase and assemble all equipment in the Manheim, Pennsylvania, office and the Chicago office will be in charge of everything thereafter.”

“As business builds for Clair Brothers, opening branch offices allows us to support different key areas with specialized sales engineers,” adds executive VP of sales Gene Pelland. “With the addition of designers and project managers to that mix, we are able to design, install and support new projects, as well as existing installations.”

Neubert says of his new position, “I am very excited to join the Clair Brothers team and expand the business in the Midwestern region. I have been an admirer of Clair Brothers' approach to business for many years, and look forward to building upon their success locally through integration projects in the house of worship, performing arts center, stadium, arena and corporate conference facility markets.”