A new company located in Agoura Hills, Calif., North American ProAudio (NAPA), has formed to provide United States distribution forBritish audio mixing console manufacturer Allen & Heath. The newcompany 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-basedHarman Music Group.
Allen & Heath left the Harman International Industries Ltd.group following a management buyout in June 2001, but continued todistribute its products through Harman Music Group until the presenttime.
Allen & Heath's managing director Glenn Rogers explained themove: "This change in distribution is the final step on the journey tofull independence, which we embarked on with the buyout last year.We're grateful to Harman Music Group team for all the work they havedone over the years to support the brand."
NAPA was founded by Lynn P. Martin, an industry veteran who has heldexecutive positions with Harman International and, most recently, withGuitar Center. Allan Nichols will continue as director of sales for thenew company. He will operate a satellite facility in Nashville to coverthe east and west coasts.
NAPA said it would retain the existing rep network to ensure asmooth transition for their dealers and customers. Martin said, "Thisis the beginning of an incredibly exciting future for us and for Allen& Heath. The team we have built has an unsurpassed knowledge ofthis business, and we are all huge fans of Allen & Heath'sproducts. I've seen the new product plan and the future looks verybright indeed."
For more information, contact NAPA at 800/431-2609 after August1.