Sennheiser US Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Founded by Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser in 1945 in Wedermark, a village near Hanover, as Labor W to make tubed voltmeters, Sennheiser is a multifaceted manufacturer. Its products include microphones (including the legendary Neumann brand) used for music recording, live sound, broadcasting, and Broadway productions, and aviation and conference headphone-related products. However, the brand is most relevant to audiophiles for its high-end headphones. Wes Phillips raved about the $1400 HD800 in his July 2009 review, for example, and the HD800 was subsequently voted Stereophile's Accessory of 2009 by the magazine's reviewers and editors.
In his address, John Falcone emphasized that Sennheiser US was exactly the kind of company that politicians praise for creating jobs. According to John Falcone, Sennheiser US has experienced 10% or greater growth in all but three years since it relocated to Old Lyme in 1991. Revenue has grown from $11.3 million to approximately $150 million in 2010. Originally employing 27 people in 1991, the Connecticut facility now employs 119 staff to handles sales and service. There is now also a warehousing operation in Chicago, a wireless mike manufacturing plant in Albuquerque, NM that employs 150 people, and an R&D lab in Palo Alto, CA working on, among other things, digital noise cancellation for aviation headsets.
Falcone said that the reason for the company's success was its emphasis on quality to justify a higher price for its products.