Audioprof Group International has acquired a majority share in Community Professional Loudspeakers, which offers indoor and outdoor loudspeakers, primarily for large and medium sized fixed-install audio applications. Community was founded in 1968 by Bruce Howze and, according to the company, became an innovator in the audio industry through products such as the world’s first dedicated midrange compression driver, the M4, and the first lightweight fiberglass horns. Community ‘s products can be found in sports venues, auditoriums, theme parks, worship facilities and convention centers, with recent installations including Commonwealth Stadium in Canada, Arena Lublin in Poland, and St. Paul Union Depot in Minnesota, and World Cup venues in Brazil.
Audioprof Group International is the holding company established to develop and build strong audio companies with a focus on specific niches in the audio industry. It currently owns a majority stake in Apart Audio, founded by Tom Gheysens in 1992, a European loudspeaker and electronics manufacturer with a strong focus on small and medium commercial fixed-install applications (foodservice and hospitality, retail, outdoor, sports and leisure, education, religion and corporate).
“We are 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 strong brands: Community and Apart Audio. Both companies will be developed as standalone 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 are 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,” said Hans Swinnen, Chairman of Audioprof Group International.
“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,” said 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.”