Audioprof Group International, a holding company established to develop and build audio companies with a focus on specific niches in the industry, announced that it has acquired a majority share in Community Professional Loudspeakers, the U.S.-based loudspeaker manufacturer with global sales activities.
Community Professional was founded in 1968 by Bruce Howze and is noted as an innovator for products like the M4 midrange compression driver, as well as early light-weight fiberglass horns. Its products can be found in sports venues, auditoria, theme parks, worship facilities and convention centers, with recent installations including Commonwealth Stadium in Canada, Arena Lublin in Poland, St. Paul Union Depot in Minnesota, and World Cup venues in Brazil.
Audioprof Group International currently owns a majority stake in Apart Audio, founded by Tom Gheysens in 1992, a European loudspeaker and electronics manufacturer with a focus on small and medium commercial fixed install applications (foodservice and hospitality, retail, outdoor, sports and leisure, education, religion and corporate).
“We’re very happy that we can offer our worldwide customers a complete range from indoor to outdoor and from small to large fixed install audio solutions with two very strong brands: Community and Apart Audio,” states Hans Swinnen, chairman of Audioprof Group International. “Both companies will be developed as stand-alone entities under the same umbrella respecting their market focus, customer base, culture and heritage. They will enjoy ‘best practice sharing’ from both sides.
“With a strong base in Europe and the USA, we will strengthen our worldwide position in installed sound. We’re very pleased that Bruce Howze stays on board as an important shareholder, president and R&D director and that Christine Howze will continue to help us grow the business. Leadership positions at Community will remain the same with Steve Johnson as CEO.”
“It has been a wonderful and enjoyable journey since the company’s beginning and I’m very glad to have found a shareholder and partner with the same entrepreneurial background and spirit that drives Community,” says Bruce Howze. “The relationship with Audioprof ensures continuity of the Community brand for our employees and customers, and I’m confident that we are positioning the company with the right partner for continued growth in the future.”