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A 9-to-5 gig

Jamming in a state-of-the-art sound studio is just another day at the office for folks at pro-audio maker Shure.

By Lindsay Blakely, Business 2.0 magazine writer-reporter

(Business 2.0 Magazine) -- Before Shure microphones and audio equipment share the stage with the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Iggy Pop, and the Who, they undergo rigorous quality testing in the company's sound studio near Chicago.

But the state-of-the-art facility serves another important function. It's a place where Shure employees - about 20 percent of whom are musicians, DJs, or sound engineers - can jam with their own bands.

Public relations director Mark Brunner, himself a jazz and rock drummer, says a love of music is deeply embedded in the 82-year-old company's culture. "There's nobody on the planet that throws a better Christmas party," he says. "It's a three-and-a-half-hour concert put on by all the associates, with about 15 different acts from every imaginable genre."

During the workweek, however, access to the studio is tightly controlled to make sure all hands are getting their work done. Says Brunner, "Hey, we are still running a corporation here." Top of page

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