October 18, 2023 I Award, Supply

Maryland County Names Roadway After PRS Guitars Founder

Paul Reed Smith, center, with the PRS Guitars crew in front of the new road sign.

Queen Anne’s County officials in Maryland held a ceremony at The Chesapeake Bay Business Park in Stevensville to announce the renaming of Schooner Parkway to Paul Reed Smith Parkway. The renaming of the road pays tribute to PRS Guitars founder Paul Reed Smith and his company for its contributions to Queen Anne’s County and the local economy.

“We are excited to officially rename this road Paul Reed Smith Parkway to recognize the contributions Paul Reed Smith and PRS Guitars have made in Queen Anne’s County,” said Chris Corchiarino, county commissioner. “Paul Reed Smith exemplifies ‘pay it forward’ with his passion for giving back and teaching others, demonstrated through his support of local charities and the community.”

Paul Reed Smith, founder and managing general partner of PRS Guitars, moved the PRS Guitars facility from Annapolis, Maryland, to the Chesapeake Bay Business Park nearly 30 years ago in 1996, becoming the park’s first major manufacturing tenant.

PRS has expanded several times since its beginning in 1985, currently employing more than 480 people in its 120,000-square-foot facility.

“I am honored that the county has acknowledged our business with this gesture,” Smith said. “Maryland has been my home my whole life, and to be recognized as a positive force for the local community is awesome. I am very proud of what we have all built here.”


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