Ephrata audio company buys Lebanon firm

Roger Fitzwater Jr. would occasionally rent equipment to Dutchman Sound LLC. Now he owns the company.

Fitzwater’s company, Ephrata-based Woodcrest Audio Inc., said Thursday it had completed an acquisition of Dutchman, based in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Dutchman’s two owners had been growing the business, but decided to sell and keep their day jobs, Fitzwater said, declining to identify them.

“They’re leaving on a high note,” Fitzwater said.

Both companies produce live events and rent and sell professional audio, video and lighting equipment. Their operations are being consolidated at Woodcrest’s facility in Ephrata.

Woodcrest employs five people, and hires up to about 10 subcontractors during its busy season in the summer. The company does work for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and the Lancaster Roots & Blues festival, among other events.

Dutchman counted numerous churches among its clients, a market where Woodcrest hopes to expand, Fitzwater said. The acquisition also opens up the Lebanon County market for Woodcrest. Dutchman also brings additional video capabilities to the company’s mix.

Joel Berg
Joel Berg is editor of the Central Penn Business Journal. Born in Philadelphia, raised in Northern Virginia and now living in York, he's a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College and the University of Maryland. Have a question or story idea? Email him at jberg@cpbj.com.

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