As the founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics, Hartley Peavey has achieved more success in his musical career than he ever dreamed. With more than 180 patents to his company’s credit, a solid track record for innovations in music and audio, and a legacy of building quality, reliable gear for musicians and professionals, Hartley’s legacy as a transformative figure in the music industry is guaranteed.
Today, Peavey Electronics is one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment, reaching millions of people in more than 130 countries. But Hartley and the company he founded in 1965 have also figured heavily in the success of their mutual hometown of Meridian, Mississippi—so much that The Meridian Star has recognized Hartley’s ongoing commitment to his hometown by naming him Citizen of the Year.
“It's a testament to Peavey's commitment to his hometown that he's not only continued to keep his business here, but that his business is continuing to grow and innovate,” said Meridian Star Publisher Crystal Dupré. “Meridian is lucky to have a man who has provided the type of consistency he has for this community.”
Peavey attributes the continuing success of Peavey Electronics to the hard work, determination and enthusiasm of its employees, who work in an environment uncommon to most large corporations—one in which there are no suits or ties and no “Misters,” but instead a creative, passionate dynamic that fosters growth and technological advancement.
“Peavey is a place where people can grow,” said Peavey. “When I was younger, there was no place for me to grow—that’s why I started Peavey Electronics. We’re fortunate to have been able to give that same opportunity to more than 14,000 employees in Meridian through the years, and that means a lot to me. I want our young folks to realize that they can make it if they try.”
Peavey has shown its ongoing commitment to American manufacturing by moving production of three brands to its Meridian headquarters in recent years: Trace Elliot® high-end bass and acoustic guitar amps, Budda® handmade, boutique guitar amps, and Composite Acoustics® carbon-fiber acoustic guitars. These represent significant investments in the Peavey family of brands and the company's Meridian manufacturing base. Peavey also has satellite facilities in Fairfield, New Jersey; Boulder, Co.; Ancona, Italy; Shenzhen, China; and Oxford and Corby, United Kingdom; as well as artist relations offices in Nashville, Austin and Los Angeles.
Peavey’s legacy of innovation includes revolutionizing guitar manufacturing by introducing CNC computer-controlled machines to the process. Peavey also created MediaMatrix®, the first digitally networked audio system, which can be found in more than 10,000 venues worldwide, from the U.S. Congress to Beijing Capital International Airport, and powered audio at the 2008 Olympics and 2010 World Cup. The innovation at Peavey continues today with the self-tuning Peavey AT-200™ guitar featuring Antares Auto-Tune® For Guitar technology; the groundbreaking efficiency and light weight of the Peavey IPR™ power amplifiers; the unprecedented, component-level deep editing found in its ReValver® amplifier modeling software; and much more.
“Peavey Electronics will continue to evolve and come up with new ideas to advance the state of the art,” Peavey said. “That’s what I love to do, and it’s what we do best—creating new technologies and discovering new ways to improve music and audio through our products. After 47 years, it’s still fun.”
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in more than 10,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.