Federal raid on Gibson facility in Nashville prompts a rapid response from CEO Henry Juszkiewicz

Earlier this week Federal agents raided a Gibson facility in Nashville. The feds entered the premises and asked employees to evacuate the building immediately. Later they were allowed to reenter the facility to collect their belongings and go home.

This was not the first time the feds had paid Gibson Guitar Corp. a personal visit. Back in 2009 a Gibson plant was raided and ebony from the Republic of Madagascar was seized when Federal agents held an investigation into the company’s compliance with the Lacey Act (1900).

Federal agents have now seized computers to investigate claims that the company acquired supplies of ebony from Madagascar through another party. Gibson have confirmed that Indian rosewood has been seized as of August 24 from the Gibson facility on Massman Drive in Nashville.

If Gibson Guitar Corp. are found to have violated the Lacey Act the company could find themselves in big trouble.

More on this story…

PremierGuitar.com have a details on the statement delivered to the press by Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. Read here: link.

Gibson.com also released a written press statement and 34 minute recording of the press conference held by CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. See here: link.


About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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2 Responses to Federal raid on Gibson facility in Nashville prompts a rapid response from CEO Henry Juszkiewicz

  1. Americans had better wake up, and face the reality that this president and his appointed czars are leveling our country, incrementally, by such as these kinds of ‘raids’ and rapid-fire, outrageous, regulations that are totally detrimental to American businesses.
    Gibson is just one of many companies and American industries that is rapidly being sucked under by this ‘jackboot’ behavior directed by the federal government!
    We all need to all get behind Gibson and others – give them the financial, moral, and physical assistance they need to stand up and take back their lives. Because this is lives – American lives.
    Americans are slowly curling up under pressure from this kind of illegal procedure, and we cannot wait until it comes to “us”, individually.
    Gibson, please tell us via your web or by news media how we can help.

    • Steve says:

      J. Wright M. D. office was raided in 1992, for giving B-12 injections as an alternative therapy by officials of the FDA (who weren’t allowed to carry fire arms, who subsequent to this raid requested ipermission for ts enforcement officiers to carry weapons and were turned down) with support of the Kent County, WA Sheriff officiers (who were packing heat). Doctor Wright was arrested and handcuffed for legally practicing medicine. George H W Bush was president.

      That was almost Twenty years ago.

      The 2008 Farm Bill (the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008), effective May 22, 2008, amended the Lacey Act by expanding its protection to a broader range of plants and plant products. The Lacey Act now, among other things, makes it unlawful, beginning December 15, 2008, to import certain plants and plant products without an import declaration.

      The above law occurred prior to the National Election during President George W. Bush’s tenure. The President could have easily vetoed the measure.

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