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Audio Research Corporation Under New Ownership

TWS Enterprises has agreed to purchase the company from the McIntosh Group.

TWS Enterprises, LLC, a privately held company owned wholly by Trent Suggs, has agreed to purchase Audio Research from the McIntosh Group, Inc. subject to completion of due diligence which is expected to be finalized by the end of August. As Audio Research celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, it is time to embark on the next chapter of its journey in high performance music reproduction.

During the past six years that Audio Research has been owned by the McIntosh Group, it has enjoyed expanded marketing opportunities and exposure to new market segments. The Design Lab at McIntosh Group also defined a new industrial design, incorporating iconic elements of past products while introducing a refined, modernized aesthetic. Audio Research products were showcased with the other brands of the McIntosh group, providing wide market visibility in the United States and internationally. The support and friendship is truly appreciated.

“It has been an honor and privilege to lead Audio Research for the past 3 years,” says Jeff Poggi, co-CEO, McIntosh Group. “It is with mixed emotions that we are selling Audio Research.  It has been rewarding to work with  the  passionate  team  of  audiophile  enthusiasts  and  craftspeople  that  make  Audio  Research  the  most respected high-end valve electronics company in the world.  Yet, I couldn’t be happier knowing that the brand will be under great leadership with Trent Suggs at the helm.’

There  will  be  two  familiar  additions  to  the  team:  Trent  Suggs  will  rejoin  the  company  with  dual  roles,  as  president and  as  director  of  North  American  sales;  Brandon  Lauer  will  rejoin  Audio  Research  with  dual  roles,  as  director  of international sales and as director of marketing. Dave Gordon will assume the role of managing director. No other staff  changes  have  been  planned.  Product  development,  engineering,  and  manufacturing  remain  at  the  company’s 20,000 square foot facility in Maple Grove, a suburb west of Minneapolis.

“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to be back as a part of Audio Research,” says Suggs. “As former North American sales director, I was able to build upon the excellence associated with this corporation. Jeff and the McIntosh Group have been instrumental during this process, and to them many thanks. We look forward to our continued relationships with our valued partners for another 50 years. Being part of such an amazing organization is truly an honor. Audio Research will continue our never-ending pursuit for excellence.”

TWS Enterprises, LLC is a privately-owned company created to hold Audio Research equities; it is not part of a group. The objective for TWS Enterprises is to further enhance brand reputation and to focus on the unique processes that nourish the culture and product innovation at Audio Research. Maximizing workforce talents while returning to small company values will allow Audio Research to strengthen its relationships, respond quickly to market demands, and continue to build some of the most sought-after electronics available today.

Audio Research Corporation was founded in 1970 by William Z. Johnson and is one of the oldest manufacturers of vacuum tube electronics in the world.

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