Metro Sound Pros Dedicates New Building
By Eugenia Moskowitz
Metro Sound Pros held the dedication ceremony for its new office and warehouse building in the village of South Blooming Grove on Oct. 28. The company, owned by Blooming Grove resident Leo Garrison, has officially moved from the tiny space on Hallock Drive in the village of Washingtonville, where it has been for years, to its new modern expanded area along Route 208.
Known by its fleet of white vans with distinctive red MSP lettering, and providing audio-visual installations including cutting-edge “loop technology” for the hearing impaired in some of the largest cultural institutions in New York City and along the east coast (including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum), MSP is currently creating and installing state-of-the-art equipment in the New York Times offices in Manhattan.
The new building bears a plaque in honor of Joe Becker, MSP’s co-founder and the best friend of Garrison, who passed away in a motorcycle accident in 2014. At the dedication were Becker’s parents, who currently live in Florida. The plaque reads: Dedicated to Joseph F. Becker, June 8, 1976 – July 13, 2014, For his leadership, perseverence, and vision, which provided the foundation for Metro Sound Pros.
“The foundation is strong because of Joe,” Garrison said, in tears, to Joe’s parents as he hugged them. Also present were Garrison’s wife Jennifer, his daughters Olivia and Emma (whose names and the date are carved into the cement curbing), and many of the company’s employees, whom Jennifer said “are truly like family.”
Garrison bought the land on which the new building sits, right next to the Gagliardi family’s new Sleep Inn, in 2009 and has worked with the South Blooming Grove village and planning boards for years as his project came to fruition.
CAPTION 1: Leo Garrison dedicated the new Metro Sound Pros building to his co-founder and best friend Joe Becker, whose parents came up from Florida to be part of the ceremony. (Photos by Eugenia Moskowitz)