During a recent visit to southern California we had a chance to stop in Ontario and visit Kaman's west coast digs.The area around Chino and Ontario is a tribute to logistics; mile after mile is given over to warehouses and shipping offices for goods coming in and out of the Los Angeles area. Here Fender, and its Kaman Music subsidiary, responsible for such brands as Gretsch, Gibraltar, LP, and Toca, has a huge warehouse, nearly 3/4 mile long. In addition, Kaman develops its new Kat electronic drumming products here. So naturally, when I had the chance, I wanted to stop by and see it in person
Mark Moralez, the Kat Percussion Product Manager, in his office. Mark is surrounded by drums and guitars all day.
On the walls, classic drumming albums.
The Fender half of the building stretches for thousands of feet. But the Kaman side, housing products from Gretsch, LP, Toca, Kat and other brands, is pretty good sized, too.When not driving forklifts and loading trucks, the warehouse crew is working on ping-pong technique. Mark says they take it seriously.
In the dealer showroom Brent Barnett, who handles artist relations for Gretsch and Gibraltar, was setting up an endorser's kit for photos.
Getting the tom mounted just right proved a challenge. The room is used for demos, concerts for dealers who visit the facility, and photography.
The brain crew: Mark Moralez and Brent Barnett of KMC with Dennis Peters of Heavy Bag Media.
The Toca side of the demo room. Products are displayed by brand in a store-like setting.