Factory cranking again

Kalamazoo, MI – A new partner is breathing new life into Heritage Guitar Company, the Kalamazoo guitar manufacturer that operates out of what was once a factory for Gibson Guitars. Heritage shut down its operations in September but sawdust is flying again this week now that the factory has reopened under the leadership of new partner Vince Margol.

Heritage was created by four Gibson employees who wanted to remain in Kalamazoo when Gibson left for Nashville in 1984. After nearly becoming a Fender plant (you''ll have to take the Heritage tour for the full story), Heritage was formed and went on to make stringed instruments for 22 years. Talks were held with a number of buyers during the plant''s brief closure this summer. The new version of Heritage that emerged involves all four original owners (though only three remain owners) with new parter Margol serving as company president.

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