Calton Cases – change of ownership, expansion

Calton CasesA number of changes were announced earlier this week regarding the ownership and manufacturing of the ever-so-elusive Calton Cases in North America. These hand-molded fiberglass cases have long been favored by traveling musicians for their ruggedness and superior protection, holding up even when bouncing around in the cargo compartments of airplanes and tour buses.

The company originated in England and has operated under the auspices of founder Keith Calton for more than 35 years. Calton Cases of Canada have had the exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute these heralded cases in North America, but demand has consistently outstripped supply, with wait times running as much as six months.

This past Tuesday (6/17), the company announced that Jim Laffoley, and his newly formed company, Calton Cases (North America), had acquired ownership of all manufacturing assets and the exclusive licensing rights from Calton Cases of Canada. The new company will build a new, expanded manufacturing facility in Moncton, NB in Canada where they will also be based.

Until the new plant is operational, cases will continue to be made in the Calgary, AB facility. The new ownership is hopeful of increasing production substantially once the new plant is up and running.

HT: Mike Bucayu

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