Petaluma loves Ukulele

Petaluma loves the ukulele

  • In 2005, Mike Upton, the founder of the Petaluma-based company Kala Brand Music, sensed the start of something great.
  • Upton left Hohner that year after the company moved and borrowed $70,000 from his father to create Kala Brand Music, which specializes in producing and selling ukuleles.
  • He’s spent the past 11 years developing the perfect ukulele as the company continues to expand.
  • In 2015, Kala Brand Music saw more than $20 million in sales, with an estimated 500,000 musical instruments sold across the globe, he said.
  • The company grew 11 percent last year, with an expected 25 percent growth in 2016, he said.

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