Wheatstone Acquires Industry Veteran Pacific Research & Engineering

Wheatstone Corporation, long-time supplier of audio consoles, networking software and other products for both radio and television, has acquired another industry veteran in Pacific Research & Engineering (PR&E), a division of GatesAir of Quincy, Illinois (formerly Harris Broadcast). PR&E makes audio consoles and designs and builds studios for the radio industry. No sale price was disclosed.

The purchase is said to include audio consoles (like the popular AirWave Digital and Integrity models as well as the Impulse line), a networking portfolio, the furniture lines, all designs, trademarks, engineering files and tooling. In a statement Wheatstone said the purchase effectively restore[s] the PR&E console brand under the Wheatstone umbrella.

PR&E is a veteran supplier of audio console technology for radio and is considered a quality console manufacturer, dating back to the 1970s. It has sold more than $80 million in products and services sold globally.

Wheatstone CEO Gary Snow said PR&E consoles were considered the Mercedes Benz of consoles at one time, and today, the name PR&E still stands for quality.

“Our intention is to not only restore the PR&E brand, but to grow it and give existing as well as new customers the mobility to easily transition to IP networking,” Snow said.

Wheatstone manufactures a complete line of broadcast studio products sold under the Audioarts Engineering and VoxPro brand names. The company also makes and sells its own Wheatstone-branded IP audio networking, control surfaces, talent stations, audio processing for FM, AM and streaming, software applications, and other products developed and designed specifically for broadcast.

In October 1999, PR&E was acquired by Harris Corp. through the merger of Space Coast Merger Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris, with and into Pacific Research. Under Harris it has continued to design, manufacturer, and market broadcast studio products as well as provide turnkey studio design and integration services to the radio broadcast industry.

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