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From left: Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Full Compass' Jonathan Lipp, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, Full Compass' Susan Lipp and Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz

Full Compass
Opens New HQ

Wisconsin’s Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton presented Full Compass with a certificate of commendation on behalf of Gov. Jim Doyle during the company’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Madison, Wis., headquarters on Oct. 1.

Speaking to more than 450 guests, Lawton praised Full Compass for its “extraordinary vision” and “creative genius” during the past 31 years. Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz declared the month of October “Full Compass Month” in Dane County and the city of Madison.

According to a statement from Full Compass, the retailer had outgrown its three former buildings. The new, 140,000-square-foot facility marks the company’s return to Madison, Wis., after being based in Middleton, Wis., for 15 years.

“We’re delighted to welcome Full Compass back to Madison,” Cieslewicz said. “It’s where they should be.”

Full Compass Month
To further celebrate October as its grand-opening month, Full Compass will host a free expo and party from Oct. 23–24. More than 50 manufacturers will participate, including Shure, Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, Panasonic, Sony, JBL, Allen and Heath, JVC, Yamaha and Roland.

Local musicians and theater groups will perform throughout the day, and attendees will have the chance to win prizes. Food will be served from the Backstage Bistro, Full Compass’ in-house restaurant.

“We want people to come and learn about all kinds of gear, enjoy some great entertainment and sample the wonderful food we serve at the Backstage Bistro,” said Full Compass CEO Jonathan Lipp.

The event will be streamed live at both days.