ELKHART, INDIANA--After 40 years in his family's business, William (Bill) Reglein is turning the day to day operation of jj Babbitt over to his staff. "I'll still be involved on a regular basis," he noted, "but I want to spend more time with my family and doing activities I have not had the time to do." Reglein's new title is owner/chairman. He was formerly president of jj Babbitt and was the family's third generation to manage the company that was founded by his uncle Jesse J. Babbitt in 1919. He joined the firm while in high school in 1967. During his 40 years of service, Reglein worked in every manufacturing station in the company, including lathe, buffing, and inspecting. He also worked in shipping, sales, and design before moving into Babbitt's management ranks, taking over for his father Eugene (Bud) Reglein as president in 1999.
Rocco (Rocky) Giglio has been named Babbitt's president/chief operating officer. A 47-year veteran of the music industry, Giglio had been vice president of operations for the company since 1999. Prior to joining jj Babbitt, he served in various management capacities with WoodWind & BrassWind, Selmer Company's Bach plant and with UMI (formerly W.T. Armstrong). A professional musician, Giglio is proficient on flute, clarinet, saxophone and all woodwinds including oboe and bassoon. He plays with the Jazz Assemblage and has played with A Cut Above and The Nostalgics. During his career, he has played backup for such notables as The Temptations, The Glenn Miller Band, Bob Hope, and Nancy Wilson.
Jim Green has been promoted to vice president of manufacturing for the company. He began his 30-year career in musical instrument manufacturing as a buffer. In 1983, he joined jj Babbitt as a production expediter and, most recently, served as plant manager. Green has extensive knowledge and an outstanding record of service. In his new position, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's manufacturing & production. Green lives in Elkhart, Indiana.
Linda Nielsen is now serving as chief financial officer of the company. She joined jj Babbitt in 1995 as a bookkeeper. Prior to that time, she worked for Crowe Chizek and Company after having gained experience at a small accounting firm. She has held several positions at jj Babbitt, including office manager and, most recently, controller.
jj Babbitt is one of the world's oldest and most respected manufacturers of mouthpieces for clarinets and saxophones. Legendary for quality, craftsmanship, and value, jj Babbitt is the only mouthpiece manufacturer that molds its own hard rubber mouthpieces in-house, allowing the firm to maintain complete control over the quality of these products. jj Babbitt produces thousands of mouthpieces in a variety of styles under the brand names Meyer, Otto Link, jj Babbitt, Wolfe Tayne, Guy Hawkins, Hite Premier, and J & D Hite as well as under private labels.
The jj Babbitt company is an OEM supplier to the world's largest instrument manufacturers and also supplies mouthpieces internationally to professionals, distributors, and dealers. Mouthpieces produced by jj Babbitt are played by musicians ranging in skill from school children to some of the world's most famous professionals. Information about the company's products is available from local music dealers or on the web at www.jjbabbitt.com.