Calrec Audio Grows Into New Premises

Broadcast Console Manufacturer Expands With New Dedicated R&D Facility & Staff

Calrec’s Nutclough Mill was once the home of the first worker-production textile co-operative in England. The mill, situated in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, in the UK, has been the global headquarters for Calrec Audio for the last two decades.

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Built in 1797, the Mill is used to design, manufacture, test and deliver Calrec’s award-winning audio consoles. However, Calrec has undertaken a large-scale expansion programme over the last six months, and has now outgrown this historic building.

The company’s workforce has grown by almost 50 percent over the last two quarters, with the largest increase in R&D, where ten new C++ and five Java software engineers have been appointed. The department has also benefited from two Project Managers – one in new product development, and one in software.

The new Pennine Building houses 40 people, including all the new staff, and is a dedicated centre for R&D development, taking on all Calrec’s software-related disciplines. It also serves as an R&D test facility.

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Elsewhere, Calrec has boosted its production team with the addition of three new Project Managers, taken on additional desk and module test engineers, and increased the Customer Support team. The company has also expanded its European and US sales teams with the appointment of several new sales managers.

Based in Los Angeles, Dave Letson has rejoined Calrec to cover the Western US states, while Anthony Harrison has taken on responsibility for the Middle East and Africa, and Theo Schulte in Germany. Michael Reddick has also joined Calrec as Sales Manager for Northern Europe and Russia.

“Throughout the decades, Calrec has earned an outstanding reputation for innovation with a documented history of firsts: the first stereo broadcast console in 1977, the world’s first digitally controlled assignable mixing console in 1981, and the groundbreaking use of FPGA technology in 2007,” said Calrec’s Managing Director Roger Henderson. “Calrec’s recent growth can be seen as investment in the development of new firsts for the future.”

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