St Louis Music has announced that it purchased the assets of H.W. Products Inc., a maker of brass and woodwind cleaners and accessories since 1975. With this purchase, SLM acquires 100 per cent ownership of the H.W. brand and says it looks forward to building on the H.W. legacy with the many distributors and retailers around the world.
Canadian Music Trade has confirmed that the deal means St. Louis Music is now the Canadian distributor for H.W.'s products. The company tells CMT, "As the new owner of the H.W. brand, SLM looks forward to offering these products directly to Canadian dealers from coast to coast."
“I’ve had the pleasure of doing business with H.W. and the Koregelos family for many years,” says Mark Ragin, president and CEO of St. Louis Music. “I’ve come to know their line as one of great ingenuity and quality and also have great respect for the work Angela [Koregelos] and her late father, George, have put into their company. It’s really an honour that Angela has agreed to pass the torch to SLM. We’re thrilled to offer our broad distributor and dealer base the current H.W. line and look forward to adding additional products to their great offering.”
H.W. Products began as a modest repair shop when George Koregelos opened House of Woodwinds in 1960. His reputation as a top class repair technician grew and he began to see a need for better cleaning and maintenance products, leading him to patent and market products like the popular H.W. Pad Saver and, later, the H.W. Brass Saver.
Angela Koregelos, George’s daughter and the current president of H.W. Products Inc., has experienced the music industry from two sides – as a professional musician and president of the company. Angela grew up surrounded by music and instruments in her father’s shop and later became a professional flutist, performing with the Oakland Symphony and the San Francisco Opera.
“For me it’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work in the music industry,” says Angela Koregelos. “Working with Mark at SLM over the years has been one of these joys, and I couldn’t be more delighted to pass my family’s business legacy on to someone I know is going to represent our work so well.”