Patrick Grady is an owner and the VP of Sales and Marketing of Power Sonix, headquartered initially in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Power Sonix was formed in 1997 in Martinsburg, West Virginia, from the remnants of a predecessor company. Since then, they have carried on a 50-year tradition of innovation in a lightweight, high-power, high-intelligibility speech projection for aircraft, ships, vehicles and security networks.

Today, their newest technologies provide even more power for the clearest speech projection over long distances available anywhere in the world.

Grady was a guest on The Positively West Virginia Podcast. He talked with podcast host, Jim Matuga, about his business and how it has been growing in Martinsburg.

What does Power Sonix do?

Patrick Grady, Power Sonix “The key to our technology is the ability to take the square waves of humans’ speech, so when we talk to each other, our voices create a type of sound wave, and that is what our ears are attuned to hearing. This helps us understand what we are annunciating to each other. Our technology does that but at very high power and at a very high gain, which allows it that sound wave to travel a long distance for our system,” explained Grady.

What is the thing that you are most excited about for your company right now?

“We have a lot of research and development projects. We are at a point where our growth has gotten to a certain point that we need to be able to get to the next stage of technology development, so we are in the process of investing in that,” said Grady.

How many employees do you have?

Patrick Grady, Power Sonix

“We are very lean, so we are a six-person business with five of us working full time,” explained Grady.

Are you feeling pressure to change and adapt?

“That is part of the stress, but it is also part of the thrill. You have to go to work every day looking for those opportunities and asking those questions of each other.”

Grady was a guest on the Positively West Virginia Podcast. Listen to his full podcast here:


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