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Gornik: Thiel To Persevere Despite Loss

10/07/2009 11:25:45 AM Eastern

Lexington, Ky. - Thiel
Audio
will persevere despite the death of co-founder and product design
engineer Jim Thiel, said president Kathy Gornik.

The
company has "enlisted a team of talented engineers who have been charged with
applying Jim Thiel's advanced driver, crossover and cabinet designs to future
products, several of which are already in the pipeline," she said. Jim Thiel
"carefully documented all of his research and design parameters, giving us three
decades of legendary achievements from which to base the company's bright
future." New products are slated for 2010.

"Rest
assured, Thiel will continue to forge full steam ahead," she
said.

Jim Thiel
passed away last month after succumbing to cancer. He co-founded the company that bears his name in 1976 with current president
Kathy Gornik. His speaker designs won Innovations Design & Engineering
awards, Absolute Sound / The Perfect Vision Editor's Choice awards, and Product
of the Year awards from Stereophile, Electronic House and Stereosound
Magazines.

"While
this is undeniably a very sad time for us at Thiel, having lost not only one of
the best audio engineers in the world but also a great man who was so very dear
to us, we recognize how fortunate we are that he left us such a rich legacy,"
Gornik said. "Jim was our polestar - always insisting on the highest of
standards in virtually every aspect of our endeavors."