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Sennheiser Notes Connecticut Ties

German company has been in Old Lyme for 20 years

For 20 years Sennheiser has enjoyed its splash of Old Lyme.

The German audio equipment maker is noting the 20th anniversary of its U.S. presence in Old Lyme, Conn. “From this quiet location, Sennheiser staff markets, sells, customizes and services premium audio products that are sold to consumers through major retail outlets or to professionals such as major broadcasters, Broadway theaters and musicians throughout the U.S.,” it said in a release.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary as a U.S. subsidiary, the company was recognized on Aug. 29, officially “Sennheiser Electronic Corp. Day” in the state.

The parent firm was established in Germany in 1945; products first came to the U.S. in 1963 through a distributor in Manhattan. U.S. headquarters were established in 1991. The office now has about 80 employees.

Local efforts include an audio seminar for Lyme/Old Lyme High School’s “Sound Reinforcement and Digital Recording” class and a series of audio sessions for Hartford’s Naylor School students at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. Sennheiser is audio sponsor of Goodspeed Musicals’ productions at the Goodspeed Opera House and the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, and it sponsors the Shakespeare on the Shoreline productions in Guilford.

The company said its annual revenue has grown significantly from $11.3 million in 1991 to approximately $150 million in 2011 and that the U.S. subsidiary “represents a significant portion of Sennheiser’s global business.”