Baton Rouge, LA, (August 23, 2012)—PreSonus Audio Electronics broke ground yesterday on its new headquarters and research facility in the presence of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. The company has seen both its revenues and employee head count explode in recent years—two factors that led to the new 44,000-square-foot building expected to be completed late next summer.
As a 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 who are overflowing 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 facility, located at 19151 Highland Road, will cost approximately $8.3 million including land and development. The building will include a specialized recording studio/R&D space that is being custom-designed for PreSonus' engineering and testing teams by Walters-Storyk Design Group (Highland, NY). The 2,500-square-foot, 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 stay in the Baton Rouge community. Historically, companies like PreSonus have usually located on the East or West Coast. However, PreSonus says the tax-credit program has helped make it possible for the company to stay in its home city, investing these funds in new engineering staff and in research and development. Many of the new hires are digital-hardware and software engineers residing in the Baton Rouge area, many of whom graduated from the LSU Engineering Department. PreSonus also is working with LSU in an effort to develop local design talent through the university's engineering programs and internships.
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