Conn-Selmer

Jerry Myers is a bell maker for the Conn-Selmer Company in Elkhart, Indiana.  Like so many of his co-workers within the factory, Jerry was trained on the job by those who came before him and over time Jerry found himself training some of the newer employees in much the same way.  Jerry began...
Mike Neely is a supervisor on the plant floor for the Conn-Selmer factory in Elkhart, Indiana, the very factory he began working in nearly 40 years before.  He began working in the music industry with Selmer in the 1970s and remained with the company in the early 2000s when it merged with its...
Tom Ott began training in the tool and die business right after high school at which point he was hired by the CG Conn Company in Elkhart, Indiana to work in the factory.  Tom has been there ever since!  Tom’s work has been focused on making jigs, dies and machine tools for the process of musical...
Naomi Peer recalls the days Danny Henkin brought the CG Conn Company back to Elkhart, Indiana in the 1980s, which is when she first began working for the company.  She stayed on during the merge with Selmer in 2003 and has witnessed many changes within the industry.  As an office worker, Naomi...
Sandy Peffley was hired by her uncle who owned the Armstrong Flute Company, when Sandy was just out of high school.  She stayed with the company when it was sold to Selmer and again when it merged with Conn in 2003.  Like so many factory workers in the plant, Sandy enjoys the precision work of the...
Bernice Pelmear began working in the Selmer factory in Elkhart, Indiana in 1973.  She was trained by veteran co-workers, a tradition she carried on as a trainer years later.  Her work focused on assembling oboes and bassoons and continued on after the merge with Conn.
Jack Shanholt began working for Selmer in Elkhart, Indiana in the factory.  He was proud of his training, from the veteran craftsmen at the time, which is a tradition continued to this day.  In fact, Jack has trained several younger employees over the years.  As a musician and former band member in...
Gary Shanholt began working on the bench at Selmer in Elkhart on Main Street back in the 1970s.  He continued to work for the company after it merged with Conn, becoming Conn-Selmer.  Gary began working on saxophones and later in the cleaning room before finding his niche within the company in the...
Roger Shelton was hired by the Armstrong Flute Company and stayed on with the company when it merged with Selmer and later with Conn.  Like so many of the factory workers in the plant, Roger takes great pride in the craftsmanship and skills he brings to the process of making musical instruments.
Richard Sigman was trained on instrument repairs on the plant floor of the Conn-Selmer factory in Elkhart nearly 40 years ago.  He began working in the music industry with the Vincent Bach Company in the 1970s and remained with the company when it was sold to Selmer and again in the early 2000s...

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