Below is a 30 minute press release and interview with Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp. The first four minutes contains his prepared statement, and the rest of the time is spent answering reporter’s questions. While he speaks somewhat dryly, Juszkiewicz is visibly frustrated by the raid and what he describes as a complete lack of communication from the government.
There are some extremely interesting points in the video. One of the most prominent is that, according to the CEO, if you buy and resell a Gibson guitar, you are technically criminally liable, since everyone selling guitars with potentially illegally imported wood is breaking the law. He also says that the feds indicated that every guitar Gibson builds will be criminal and each guitar can result in a criminal charge. The CEO says that to fully comply with what little the government has told them, they must essentially shut down production entirely, putting thousands of employees out of work. He says that despite this threat, he has ordered his employees to continue work, and says he will personally claim any responsibility for any litigation this may cause. Juszkiewicz also says that the feds took nearly $1 million worth of product from the two plants.