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Gibson's factory near the Beale Street entertainment district has been shuttered.

Gibson Closes Memphis Plant

Guitar maker's future continues to shake out under new ownership.

As this issue went to press, Gibson Brands had shuttered its factory near the Beale Street entertainment district in Memphis, Tennessee. Originally opened in 1999, the plant primarily manufactured semi-hollow body electrics and custom shop instruments. Gibson maintains production facilities in Nashville, Tennessee and Bozeman, Montana.
Gibson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2018 and is now owned by private equity giant KKR and led by former Levi Strauss president James “JC” Curleigh.

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