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PreSonus Announces New Headquarters, Research Facility

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (center) was among the dignitaries who attended PreSonus’ groundbreaking ceremonies.

On August 22, 2012, PreSonus Audio Electronics in Baton Rouge, La., hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new high-tech headquarters and research facility. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal led the list of guests of honor, attending in recognition of PreSonus’ contributions to the state and local economy.

A leading manufacturer of digital and analog hardware and integrated software systems for the professional audio market, PreSonus has expanded from 49 employees in 2009 to more than 130 employees worldwide, including the 80 full-time employees in its current offices on Florida Boulevard. According to PreSonus CEO Jim Mack, PreSonus has grown its revenues by more than 50-percent last year and is slated to enter new product categories to continue its growth.

Designed by local architects Ritter Maher, LLC, and developed by Moniotte Investments, the new 44,000-square-foot building located at 19151 Highland Road will cost approximately $8.3 million, including land and development. Completion is expected in the late summer of 2013. It is expected to accommodate at least 125 employees and offers many amenities that are not available in the company’s current space.

An artist’s rendering of PreSonus new headquarters

The new building will include a specialized high-tech recording studio and R&D space that is being custom-designed for PreSonus’ engineering and testing teams by the award-winning Walters-Storyk Design Group of Highland,N.Y.. The 2,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art studio will feature a control room, a 500-square-foot live-sound room, two isolation rooms, a video production suite, five test labs, and a separate 1,500-square-foot live-sound room.

PreSonus’ rapid growth, local hiring, and emphasis on digital engineering qualified it for LED Digital Interactive Media and Software Development tax-credits. This program supports the creation of quality digital-engineering jobs that remain in the Baton Rouge community. The tax-credit program has helped make it possible for PreSonus to grow and prosper in its home city, investing these funds in new engineering staff and in research and development. Many of the new hires are highly skilled digital-hardware and software engineers residing in the Baton Rouge area.

The company states that many within its engineering team graduated from the Louisiana State University Engineering Department. PreSonus was recently named to the LSU 100 Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses. PreSonus also is working with LSU in an effort to develop local design talent through the university’s outstanding engineering programs and internships.

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