Westone Acquires Custom Protect Ear
Westone Acquires North America’s Largest Industrial Hearing Protection Manufacturer
Tampa, Florida – March 27, 2019 – Westone Laboratories, LLC (“Westone” or the “Company”), a market leader in custom earpieces, high performance in-ear monitoring technology and hearing protection, announced it has closed on its acquisition of Custom Protect Ear (“CPE” or the “Company”), the largest custom-fit industrial hearing protection manufacturer in North America.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Custom Protect Ear was founded in 1976 and provides industrial hearing protection products to corporate clients worldwide across a wide range of industries including distribution, manufacturing, energy, packaging, public safety, transportation, and food. CPE incorporates both traditional handcrafted manufacturing processes as well as leading-edge 3D printing technology and is known for its product quality and customer service.
Zubin Meshginpoosh, President and Chief Commercial Officer of Westone shared, “We are delighted to join forces with Custom Protect Ear, the most trusted brand in custom-fit hearing protection used by hundreds of industrial clients across a wide variety of industries.”
Jeffrey Goldberg, Chairman and CEO of Custom Protect Ear added, “Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is an epidemic in the workplace, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to eradicate it. This partnership with Westone allows us to expand our geographic reach, increase the pace of innovation and have a positive impact on more lives.”
Custom Protect Ear’s management team and operations will remain based in Vancouver, BC with an operating subsidiary, ProtectEar USA, based in the United States.
Established in 1959, Westone Laboratories is celebrating 60 years of delivering custom earpieces that protect and enhance hearing, facilitate communication, and support hearing healthcare professionals. The largest manufacturer of custom earpieces in the world and with both hearing healthcare and music specialists on our research, development and production teams, Westone is recognized as a leading innovator across the custom earplug, hearing protection, and music industries. Westone is a proud partner of the United States Military providing specially designed communication-enabled and hearing protection earpieces for service members around the world. It is our people, our experience, and our products that truly make Westone “The In-Ear Experts®." For more information on Westone, please visit westone.com or contact Jeff Ipson at (719) 540-9333.
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