Honoring the Honorees of the Pantheon-Bourgeois Guitarsby Former Representative Michael H. Michaud
Posted on 2013-01-22
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Mr. MICHAUD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Pantheon-
Bourgeois Guitars, LLC on winning the first annual Achievement Award
from the Small Enterprise Growth Fund (SEGO.
Pantheon-Bourgeois Guitars was formed in 2000 after Dana Bourgeois, a well known luthier, and a group of new business investors collaborated over a shared vision. In just over 12 years, the company has built a reputation among professional musicians for being among the finest crafted acoustic guitars in the world. Today, Dana and his craftsmen build about thirty guitars every month in the historic Roy Continental Mill in Lewiston, Maine.
Pantheon-Bourgeois Guitars was recently honored by SEGF with its first annual Achievement Award, which recognizes the company's tremendous revenue growth and exceptional productivity in the past year. This award follows a fruitful collaboration with Maine's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), which provides business and technical assistance to help our state's small businesses thrive. With the help of Maine MEP, Pantheon-Bourgeois Guitars expanded its weekly production by 50 percent. The company has additional plans to implement improvements that will boost future productivity and efficiency.
A professionally-managed venture capital fund, the SEGF has been investing only in Maine companies who exhibit the potential for growth and public benefit since 1997. This well deserved award solidifies Pantheon-Bourgeois Guitars as valued member of Maine's business community.
Mr. Speaker, please join me again in congratulating Pantheon- Bourgeois Guitars on earning SEGF's Achievement Award.