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AtlasIED Celebrates 90 Years in the Business of Sound and Communications

AtlasIED is the manufacturer of high-quality commercial audio and communication technology solutions, dedicated to protecting, informing, and entertaining customers by developing solutions to solve complex audio and communication challenges.

AtlasIED celebrates a remarkable and rare milestone in 2024 — 90 years in business. Atlas Sound and Innovative Electronic Designs (IED), which merged as one organization as  AtlasIED in 2015, have been providing audio and communication solutions to the world since 1934, and are now a global leader in the manufacturing of high-quality commercial audio and communication technology solutions for applications ranging from transportation to houses of worship.

“We couldn’t be more proud of our AtlasIED family for reaching 90 years as a global leader in our audio and communications technology,” said John Ivey, President and CEO at AtlasIED. “Arriving at this milestone reinforces our commitment to never-ending growth and service to our customers.

Initially gaining recognition for its high-quality PA loudspeakers and microphone stands, Atlas Sound catapulted itself into a well-rounded manufacturer of technologies that has revolutionized the commercial AV industry. In 2015, Atlas Sound and IED combined their sales, marketing, and support teams to better serve their customers and market segments. For the past nine years, this merger has proved to be one of the most successful and beneficial in the industry.

Today, the company focuses on application-based solutions with a wide and flexible range of installation and aesthetic options, including communications and audio platforms, and a broad array of loudspeakers for commercial applications.

Though the company celebrates 90 years in 2024, AtlasIED’s beginning can be traced back to the very origin of the commercial sound industry. During the late 1920s, the Warren Harding political campaign demonstrated the need for better sound reproduction than the traditional megaphone as crowds grew at political rallies.

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In 1934, Atlas Sound made headlines by being the first company to combine the horn shape of the megaphone with electro-acoustics to create outdoor PA loudspeakers. This greatly improved public audio and serves as an early example of the versatile solutions AtlasIED brings today to airports, hospitality, and other applications.

Bob Reinhardt and Carl Blumenthal, the company’s founders, took a special interest in mechanical devices and tooling. Noticing the demand for microphone stands, the pair began designing and metalworking. Today, AtlasIED remains the most versatile manufacturer of microphone stands and accessories, offering the broadest and the industry’s broadest line of microphone stands and accessories.

Since its inception, the company has helped customers improve end user experiences in some of the most popular venues in the world, such as New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Moynihan Train Hall, along with supporting world-famous talent ranging from Whitney Houston to The Beatles.

“It’s an honor to be able to look back at AtlasIED’s heralded legacy, knowing that there is so much more ahead of us,” continued Ivey. “We’ll continue advancing our product offerings as we’re doing today and build on the reputation we’ve earned for customer support over the past 90 years to move our work forward. I can’t wait to see how far we’ll have come once we hit 100 years!”

 

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