KHS America, Inc. has announced plans to acquire Hohner Inc. from Matth. Hohner GmbH in Trossingen, Germany. Hohner Inc. is the exclusive North American provider of Hohner branded harmonicas, accordians, melodicas, guitars, and bluegrass instruments; SONOR drums and orff Instruments, Lanikai and Kohala ukuleles, H. Jimenez Guitars, Hohner Airboard, as well as Hohner Kids and Greentones children’s instrument brands. Transfer of ownership took place Jan. 12, 2015.
KHS says that by integrating these Hohner brands with KHS America brands such as Jupiter Wind Instruments, XO Professional Brass, Mapex Drums, Majestic Concert Percussion, Hercules Stands, and Aaltus Professional Flutes, the new KHS America will be positioned to provide a leading portfolio of musical instrument brands and accessories.
“We’re very excited about the opportunities this acquisition creates for KHS and Hohner brands,” says Tabor Stamper, president of KHS America. “Both the collections of brands and the teams that manage them complement each other in almost every way. Although it will take time to fully integrate the two companies, we look forward to this process and we’re extremely confident that the combined brand strengths and team talents will result in continued growth and enhanced business value for our retail partners.”
“We, at Hohner, are equally excited about this opportunity for both our companies,” says Clay Edwards, president of Hohner, Inc. “Together, we can do more for our dealers and consumers, as well as the advocacy and growth of music education, than either of us could have done alone.”
The Hohner brands mentioned are distributed in Canada by Coast Music. KHS America will begin working immediately to integrate the teams and business processes with the long-term goal of combined operations in one facility.