Letter From Ted Good on RODGERS Organ Co. Purchased by the Vandeweerd Family
There has been a lot of speculation recently (and sadly, lots of false information) about the Rodgers Organ Company and we are really happy that we’re finally able to reveal this tremendous good news to you.
A “LONG-SOUGHT” CELEBRATION: Last week we attended a great music industry celebration in Anaheim, California with Marco Vandeweerd and Jon Moesbergen whose family owns and manufactures three world renowned digital church organ brands in their home country of Holland.* The event celebrated the Vandeweerd family’s successful and long-sought purchase of the Rodgers Organ Company from the Roland Corporation. This effort was five years in the making and the addition of Rodgers establishes the Vandeweerd family as the largest builders of digital church organs and hybrid pipe organs in the world. We are so glad to be able to finally tell you about it
BUILDING ON SUCCESS: In 2015, Rodgers had one of their most profitable years in their history with the roll-out of the new high-end Infinity organs and the new Rodgers Revolution upgrades to the Classic and Artist organ lines. The Vandeweerd representatives reported that in addition to the reputation of the Rodgers company and their organs, the successful and passionate network of Rodgers dealers was a key factor that drew them toward this acquisition.
FUTURE PRODUCT SUPPORT AND WARRANTIES: Both Roland and the Vandeweerds have made an on-going commitment to providing parts and product support for all existing Rodgers instruments that may be needed in the future. The new owners have assumed full legal responsibility for all existing Rodgers product warranties and will make no changes to the current line of Rodgers organs, their advanced technologies, manufacturing techniques or representation.
AMERICAN BORN, REMAINING AMERICAN MADE: The Rodgers Organ Company has been, is, and will remain an American made church organ, with their distinct and universal American classic sound plus their excellent symphonic sounds and European pipe organ sounds. This commitment was expressed by Marco Vandeweerd in his comments to us personally and to the press in his written statements (see Keyboard Magazine-Vandeweerd announcement). As further proof of their commitment we’re very excited to report that Rodgers’ new President and CEO John Moesbergen (a Vandeweerd family member) will be re-locating from Holland to Rodgers’ home city of Portland, Oregon where Rodgers organs was founded in 1958 and will now continue under his direction.
On a personal note, T. S. Good Church Organ Company continues to be honored as a top Rodgers Dealer for digital and hybrid pipe organs as we have since 1978. We are extremely excited to be a part of this next chapter in the history of Rodgers.
Catherine Good Brulport
Worship Market Specialist