Over the past year – in large part due to folks being stuck at home much more than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic – just about every major guitar manufacturer reported (opens in new tab) massive increases in sales.
Gibson's acoustic division was no exception to this boom, and as a result, the company has announced a massive expansion of its Bozeman, Montana factory to help meet the increased demand.
First reported by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (opens in new tab), the expansion will more than double the size of the factory – from 23,000 square feet to 48,000 square feet. A 10,000 square foot combination office space, showroom, day care, and reception area will also be added to the facility.
At a groundbreaking ceremony at the factory last Wednesday, March 3, Gibson CEO James "JC" Curleigh said (opens in new tab) that in six months Gibson's Bozeman factory will be “the most amazing guitar facility in the world.
“When you get pride and you get expansion and you get growth, good things tend to happen.”
Gibson's Bozeman team has created some truly fantastic instruments in recent times – both traditional and ornate – so we're excited to see what the expanded facility (and, we assume, expanded team) will produce in the coming months.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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