Wheatstone Appoints SCMS as Exclusive U.S. Distributor for PR&E Brand
Wheatstone Corporation has appointed SCMS as its exclusive distributor in the U.S. for the Pacific Research & Engineering (PR&E) brand. The appointment comes one week after Wheatstone acquired PR&E assets and intellectual property from GatesAir with the overall goal to restore the PR&E console brand under the Wheatstone umbrella.
“There’s not another dealer that knows the PR&E brand or the customer base better than SCMS. They are a critical part of our strategy to revive the brand,” says Wheatstone CEO Gary Snow.
“Our relationship goes way, way back. It’s a good feeling to be back as a full member of the Wheatstone family,” says Bob Cauthen, President, SCMS, which had been offering PR&E consoles and networking previously under an exclusive arrangement with GatesAir.
The broadcast equipment dealer was one of the first Wheatstone dealers in Wheatstone’s early history as a console manufacturer.
Effective immediately, SCMS is the exclusive dealer for PR&E consoles and networking wares in the U.S. The broadcast equipment dealer will continue to offer Wheatstone’s audio processing and Audioarts console lines as a non–exclusive distributor in the U.S.
Wheatstone acquired the assets and intellectual property of PR&E on February 17, 2017, including audio consoles, the networking system, the furniture lines, all designs, trademarks, engineering files and tooling. The company previously acquired Auditronics in March of 1999 and Audion Labs in October of 2015, and currently manufactures a complete line of broadcast studio products that includes Audioarts Engineering and VoxPro brand names, as well as Wheatstone IP audio networking, control surfaces, talent stations, audio processing for FM, AM and streaming, software applications, and other products developed and designed specifically for broadcast.