Livonia, MI (December 16, 2009)—Thunder Audio has moved into a new facility, capping off a decade that saw the company grow from a regional SR outfit to a national provider for the likes of Metallica, Dolly Parton, Steely Dan, Robert Plant, Slipknot and others.
Thunder’s move to a new home in Livonia, MI, just outside of Detroit, was celebrated with an open house that doubled as a 30th anniversary party for the company. The event was attended by promoters , managers, engineers and artists that Thunder has worked with over the years. The new facility, which includes offices and warehousing, also features a demo room that sports a range of digital consoles and Meyer Sound products; the evening included a demo of the new Meyer JM-1P.
Speaking at the event, Paul Owen, Vice President of Thunder Audio paid tribute to all staff past and present for their hard work and service, and finished the evening by presenting Tony and Jocelyn Villarreal, his partners in Thunder Audio, with a 30-year commemorative plaque.
Thunder Audio's new Demo Room
Surveying the new facility, Owen stated it will “help deliver a greater service and support to our clients,” adding that it “allows us to accommodate new and old clients that want to spend time with our product line in controlled and comfortable surroundings.” Noting some of the manufacturers involved, Owen commented, “We’d like to thank Meyer Sound, Midas consoles, Yamaha Corporation, DiGiCo, Harman and all the suppliers that have supported us over the years--we couldn’t have done it without you.”
While the event was an opportunity to look back on 30 years of growth, the company is also preparing for the future. “We have also expanded our management staff,” said Owen, “and have hired Greg Snyder, formerly of Onstage Audio, Michigan and his own company, Creative Audio, for the newly created position of Business Development Manager. We feel its time to strengthen our staff and operation, to take on what ever new challenges come our way. Any growth in today’s economy is a good one.”