A company providing professional sound systems has opened an office in Brainerd.
Based in Burnsville, Kingdom Sound & Lighting opened up a branch office in January 1999 to serve the northern half of Minnesota, providing a professional service the area had not had before.
Serving in Twin Cities area for 20 years, Kingdom Light and Sound provides design, installation, sales and services of commercial audio and lighting systems for organizations, mostly schools and churches.
Renting office space at 1014 Laurel Street in Brainerd, Kingdom Sound & Lighting representative Mark Foerderer said inquiries into the company's services have been high.
"There is nobody north of Brainerd that is really able to properly do the commercial work." Foerderer said. "There is a lot of music stores and music types that will try, but no one who does good commercial work."
The Brainerd branch is the second office of Kingdom Sound & Lighting. The Brainerd branch covers all of northern Minnesota down to St. Cloud, and also has done work in North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Most recently, Foerderer has installed a new sound system at Don Adamson Field.
Brainerd High School's graduation ceremony in 1999 was marred in part because of a substandard sound system. Kingdom Sound & Lighting made repairs for this years ceremony.
This past week Foerderer took the old system out and replaced it at a cost of $24,000. The new system, Foerderer said, will provide better sound quality, coverage and is a step up in fidelity.
Other businesses and organizations the Brainerd branch of Kingdom Sound & Lighting has provided sound systems for are the First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, the ice hockey arena in Breezy Point, the Assembly of God Church in Aitkin, the Faith, Hope and Love Church in Little Falls and the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Brainerd.
Kingdom Sound & Lighting is also putting in a sound system at equine facility at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
It is location that Foerderer hopes will drive the Brainerd branch.
"The biggest issue is who is going to give you the best service from a location standpoint," he said. "There is a (similar) company in Fargo and a small one in Duluth, but none in the middle or northern part of the state, so we're just plugging away in this direction up here."
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