St. Louis Music Acquires HW Products

St. Louis Music has purchased the assets of H.W. Products, a maker of brass and woodwind cleaners and accessories. With this purchase, SLM acquires 100 percent ownership of the H.W. brand and "looks forward to building on the H.W. legacy with the many distributors and retailers around the world," according to a company statement.

"I've had the pleasure of doing business with H.W. and the Koregelos family for many years," said 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 [Koregelos], have put into their company. It's really an honor 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 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 cleaning and maintenance products, leading him to patent and market products like the H.W. Pad Saver and H.W. Brass Saver.

Angela Koregelos, current president of H.W. Products, has experienced the music industry from two sides — as a professional musician and president of the company. Angela Koregelos 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," she said. "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 onto someone I know is going to represent our work so well."