The McIntosh Laboratory plant on the south side of Binghamton has hired new employees in recent months and the workforce is expected to increase further.

The renowned manufacturer of high-end audio equipment has operated a production facility on Chambers Street – just off Conklin Avenue – since 1956.

A directional sign to the McIntosh Laboratory factory on Chambers Street. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A directional sign at the McIntosh Laboratory factory on Chambers Street on June 23, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The company is part of the McIntosh Group, which was acquired this month by Highland Partners, a Texas-based private investment firm.

McIntosh Group communications manager Julia Lescarbeau said around 170 people are now employed at the Binghamton site. In an email, she said there were plans to increase the workforce to 200 before the end of the year.

An addition was built on the east side of the McIntosh facility in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

An addition was built on the east side of the McIntosh facility in Binghamton. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

McIntosh Laboratory announced last September plans to expand the Chambers Street plant to provide additional space for its metal shop, fabrication and final assembly operations. Lescarbeau said the project should be finished this summer.

Charles Randall will continue as President of McIntosh. Lescarbeau said McIntosh had “no plans or intentions to move”. In her email, she said “we plan to continue operating at our Binghamton plant.” She wrote: “We love Binghamton and are here to stay!!”

A production area of ​​the McIntosh Labs factory on September 14, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A production area of ​​the McIntosh Labs factory on September 14, 2021. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Although McIntosh Group employs “cross-pollination in terms of ideation and creation” with its other brands, Lescarbeau wrote “all finished products and end products are proudly made in Binghamton, with some technology imported from experts and best manufacturers in the whole world”.

The McIntosh Group describes itself as one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and distributors of premium home audio equipment. In addition to McIntosh Labs, it also includes Sonus faber, Fine Sounds UK, Sumiko Audio and Fine Sounds Benelux.

Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia was a big fan of Binghamton-made McIntosh amplifiers. Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News

Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia was a big fan of Binghamton-made McIntosh amplifiers. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected]. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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