It was announced yesterday that the audio technology company PreSonus would be expanding and building a new research facility in Baton Rouge. Founded in 1995, Presonus manufactures digital and analog hardware and integrated software systems for the professional audio market. This includes recording systems, mixers, software, and monitoring and controlling devices.
CEO of PreSonus, Jim Mack, said the company grew its revenue by more than 50 percent last year. The company’s expansion is necessary, providing more jobs and success for the Baton Rouge Area. The $6.75 million facility is expected to be completed within the next year, bringing the total development costs to somewhere around $8 million. This move will bring 65 direct jobs to the company and result in 79 indirect jobs in the region.
When the Baton Rouge Area Chamber learned of PreSonus’ expansion needs over a year ago, Knapp and the team were happy to help work towards keeping the company in the region. BRAC President CEO Adam Knapp said, ““BRAC is deeply committed to enhancing the region’s software development and IT industries. PreSonus was founded in Baton Rouge and has now become a world leader in digital audio electronics and soundboards. Their commitment to remain in Baton Rouge is a win for the entire region.”
Governor Bobby Jindal was also glad to have the local company stick around. He said, “PreSonus is a homegrown, ‘made-in-Louisiana’ story that makes us proud. Less than 20 years after being launched in a garage here in Baton Rouge, the company has grown to more than 130 employees worldwide. PreSonus’ decision to build its new headquarters right here in Baton Rouge is further proof that our state is becoming a beacon for the digital media and technology industries. PreSonus is just one of the many companies who choose to invest in Louisiana and create high-paying jobs for our people because they appreciate our strong business climate and highly skilled workforce.”