Blackstar Amplification has appointed respected US MI figure Loren Molinare (pictured) to head its latest venture - the formation of Blackstar USA Inc.
Blackstar USA has been launched to supplement Blackstar’s existing US distribution via Guitar Center, says the amp maker’s sales and marketing director, Paul Hayhoe, and is aimed at adding independent retailers to the company’s US outlets.
“Loren is a seasoned industry professional,” said Hayhoe. “He was with Line 6 for a number of years and has worked with major names like ESP Guitars and Aviom, the high-tech company. He’s also been in a couple of high-profile signed bands so he has excellent artist connections in the US market, as well. It’s a very exciting development for us”
Hayhoe says the move follows an exceptional period of growth for Blackstar, which now has 100 UK retailers. As a consequence, last week it relocated to a considerably larger facility at the business park where Blackstar is based, as the number of UK staff reached 15, following the recent appointment of a new engineer, new accounts staff, extra customer service agents and others.
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“We doubled our turnover last year,” added Hayhoe. “The new Series One is shipping and going down extremely well and we have some really exciting new products ready, which we’ll be showing at NAMM.”
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