D’addario & Co. is acquiring Pro-Mark
(mtebaldi | Posted 2010-12-23)
D’addario & Co, the world’s largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments and owner of drumhead maker Evans and reeds company Rico, formally announced this week that it will be purchasing Pro-Mark, the 53 year old drumsticks, brushes, mallets and percussion accessories maker. The acquisition of this formally family-owned company is a practical move toward ensuring Pro-Mark’s “rich history of creating exceptional products” as explained by Maury Brochstein, Pro-Mark’s Chief Executive Officer. He also states that this merge will benefit customers by having D’addario’s “unparalleled customer service” on their side. Pro-Mark currently has a catalogue of over 130 different types of drumsticks made of traditional Hickory wood as well as Oak and Maple. Their catalogue also holds 13 different types of brushes and seven of the most recognizable rods on the market, Thunder Rods, Hot Rods and Lightning Rods being three of them. The company also makes a series of keyboard/orchestral beaters; marching mallets, special sticks like the timbale line and the steel pan series, as well as accessories like custom drum pads, stick, mallet, and cymbal bags. Pro-Mark also houses a few of the most remarkable drummers of our time under their artist roster. Names like Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Joey Jordison, Peter Criss, Stephen Perkins, Dave Lombardo, Chris Adler and Abe Cunnignham, who have their very own Pro-Mark Autograph Series drumstick specially designed (and also available to the masses).