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Soundolier - Atlas Soundolier
by: Ken Bahr
Soundolier was started in the late 1960's or early 1970's by Norm Freedman and Rich Hahn in Crestwood Missouri. At one time they had a facility in Crystal City on Highway 67. They also had two other locations at the old Brown Shoe Factories in DeSoto and Festus.
The Festus Soundolier plant was started in May of 1973. They were affiliated with the IBEW Local Union in St. Louis, Missouri. The Festus and Crestwood plants were on strike for three weeks in March of 1984. Then the Crestwood plant joined with the Festus plant in June of 1986.
The Festus location produced small to large metal cabinets that would contain drawers, shelves, and electronic security equipment. They also fabricated custom work for the audio and video industry, as well as the Government. Soundolier processed their own sheet metal cutting, forming, welding, painting and assembly of their products.
In 1987, Soundolier was then sold to Atapro Corporation. Afterwards the company was known as Atlas Soundolier. Their headquarters was in the Tree Court Industrial Park, located in Fenton, Missouri. After Atapco purchased Soundolier, they purchased another plant in North Carolina. Later on in October of 1997, Atlas Soundolier closed its facilities in Festus.
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