Peterson Electro-Musical Products, Inc., Alsip, Illinois, is celebrating 75 years of service. Inventor and organ enthusiast Richard H. (“Dick”) Peterson founded the company in 1948, initially working in a small spare building at his father’s coal distribution business in Chicago. Having grown up exposed to church organs and later becoming enthralled with the sounds and workings of the Radio City Music Hall theatre organ, Peterson set off on a lifelong career devoted to “perfecting the organ” by using modern technology to optimize quality, performance, longevity, and affordability of instruments, thus making them accessible to more churches and homes.
Perhaps best known for pipe organ control systems, the company also develops, sells, and supports a wide variety of other products to organbuilders and rebuilders worldwide; tens of thousands of pipe organs utilize Peterson components today. Peterson Electro-Musical Products is also known throughout the broader music industry for its line of professional-grade strobe tuners.
Current president Scott Peterson, his wife Sandy, and their team of next-generation managers continue to look toward decades more in the pipe organ industry.
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