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Made in Mississippi: Peavey Electronics

A stool at Peavey Electronics emblazoned with their logo A stool at Peavey Electronics emblazoned with their logo
MERIDIAN, MS (WDAM) -

Copper, metal, wood and carbon fiber are just a few of the materials molded together at Peavey Electronics, that brings music to our ears.

North American Sales Manager, Trevor Gibson has worked for the company for 16 years and said, "The most exciting thing about working at Peavey is that we  work around music everyday."

With more than 180 patents worldwide, Peavey Electronics has more than 2,000 products in the music industry market. A number of the products are built in Meridian, Mississippi.

"The company got started, it grew and it was a challenge to me. It still is, and now we sell to 136 countries all over the world," said Owner Hartley Peavey.

Gibson said, "We continually evolve and create new products that people are excited about buying and enable them easier ways, more creative ways to make their music happen."

It's a family owned operation, started by Hartley Peavey more than 46 years ago. In that time, Peavey Electronics has become one of the most recognized companies for it's sound reinforcement and digital audio equipment.

"I tried to be a musician but that was not to be," said Peavey, "I often wondered what would have happened to me if I hadn't had that serious conversation with myself back in 1964."

A conversation that helped him come to the realization that his true talent was building the equipment, rather than playing it.

"I am very lucky  that I get to do what I am good at. I am basically a tinkerer."

Peavey said when the company first evolved, there were no sub contractors to out source work, so it became vertically integrated, which was unique to the industry.

"We make loudspeakers, guitars, amplifiers, we make all kinds of digital electronics. If you go into a commercial building and you see the speakers in the ceiling we do that kind of thing and the network that controls all of that."

In fact, Peavey's media matrix product has earned it's way into the U.S. Capital as well as major venues and airports around the world.

Peavey said, "It's fun for me to try and come up with better things like  a guitar made totally out of carbon graphite fiber. It sounds better than a wood guitar. It is molded into one piece, there is no heel on it and this is in my opinion, is a revolutionary product, being made right here in Meridian, Mississippi."

It's that hands on approach that keeps Peavey on top, always hitting the high note when it comes to the latest and best way to make music and amplify sound.

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