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BAZOOKA MANUFACTURER RANKED NO. 255 ON INC. MAGAZINE'S 11TH ANNUAL LIST OF 500 FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES IN AMERICA

 BAZOOKA MANUFACTURER RANKED NO. 255 ON INC. MAGAZINE'S 11TH ANNUAL
 LIST OF 500 FASTEST-GROWING PRIVATELY HELD COMPANIES IN AMERICA
 BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The October issue of Inc. Magazine contains the 1992 Inc. 500, which ranks this country's top 500 fastest-growing privately held companies.
 Southern Audio Services, Inc. (SAS) of Louisiana is ranked No. 255 on the 11th annual list, marking the second consecutive appearance on the list by the Baton Rouge manufacturer of aftermarket car audio speaker systems.
 SAS's rapid growth stems from sales of its patented speaker system called the Bazooka Bass Tube. Since SAS introduced the Bazooka in 1985, sales of the innovative tubular enclosed subwoofer have doubled annually. More than 850 independent electronics stores in all 50 states carry the Bazooka products as one of their primary lines. International sales of the Bazooka and the Amplified Bazooka to morel frequencies in small truck applications where space efficiency is a necessary concern, is applicable in virtually any vehicle and is one of the most popular car audio namebrands in the world. According to HFD Weekly Home Furnishings, a national publication which covers the consumer electronics industry, Bazooka is to tube subwoofers what Kleenex and Band Aid are to their product categories. HFD also reported that Bazooka is the recognized leader in the product category it started and that, according to retailers, it is the hottest category in the industry. Currently, at least 13 car audio manufacturers have introduced tube subwoofers, an attempt to emulate the success of the Bazooka in the marketplace.
 SAS, which employs 61 people in Baton Rouge at its offices and factory, was ranked No. 132 in last year's Inc. 500 and has been able to sustain its rapid growth in the face of a worldwide recession that is putting the crunch on consumer spending habits. Bazooka's popularity and its appeal to a much broader consumer base than the traditional audiophiles are the two main reasons for the continued growth.
 Seventy-eight of the top 500 companies on this year's list boosted their collective revenues to $8.4 billion in 1991. The slowest-growing company on this year's list saw sales increase 606 percent over the past five years. (SAS's growth over the same period was 1,116 percent.) The companies provided 72,308 jobs in 1991 -- up from $530 million in sales and 8,221 in employees in 1987.
 Of the 1992 Inc. 500 companies, 55.0 percent are service-related; 29.2 percent are in manufacturing; 8.2 percent are distribution-related; 7.6 percent are in retail.
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 /CONTACT: Todd Horne of SAS, 504-272-7135/ CO: Southern Audio Services, Inc. ST: Louisiana IN: CPR SU:


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