Art Powers expected his decision to move his company’s production to Bridgeport from Port Chester, N.Y., to benefit his small business. The move has turned out even better than he had hoped.

Powers, a former New Yorker who now lives in Westport, runs Intelligent Audio Products Corp., the parent company for PlanterSpeakers, a line of outdoor audio products, audio-video integrator Designed Sound and the Art Powers Design Group.

Powers had already been thinking of bringing production and assembly of his PlanterSpeakers to Connecticut when he came across the Bridgeport Trade & Technology Center on Barnum Avenue. He instantly liked the complex.

A year ago, he moved into a 5,000-square-foot space on the fifth floor of the trade center’s Building 2. Around the same time, he opened a showroom, the Art and Sound Gallery, at 101 Mill St. in Greenwich.

Shortly after, Powers approached Humberto Adrian Sr., whose company, Adrian Acoustics, produced indoor audio products in the Bridgeport complex’s first floor, about a partnership.

When Adrian told him he was ready to retire, the two negotiated a deal whereby Powers would take over Adrian’s 11,500-square-foot manufacturing facility on the first floor and the existing equipment. “What I’m trying to do is combine his talents with our talents to build indoor and outdoor products,” Powers said.

Besides the benefits to expanding his audio offerings, Powers said the machinery in the first-floor space, which he officially moved into several weeks ago, allows him to make products for other companies, as well, including display cases for a local maple syrup company.

“We’ll do anything, within our means,” Powers said.

Though PlanterSpeakers has been around since 1999, Powers called the company the best-kept secret in the audio industry. He said he’s been dependent on word of mouth for years and struggled during the recession, but has seen his business thrive in recent years.

Last year, his annual revenue was roughly $330,000. This year, production of the PlanterSpeakers has already doubled. Powers attributed the increase to his ability to focus on more marketing of the different models available, which range in price from roughly $499 a pair to $6,500.

“The idea is to at least double the sales every year,” he said.

Powers, whose father was an “audio aficianado,” said he developed the PlanterSpeakers in the 1990s after a client he was designing an indoor audio system for mentioned he would love to have great sound outside. “I looked in the corner of his long patio and it had a big planter there,” Powers said. “And I said, ‘planter speakers’.”

After buying a large planter from a nearby store, Powers installed an audio system within it. He sold the speakers to the client but kept a prototype in his shop. That model piqued the interest of his other customers and soon Powers realized he could grow that side of the business.

Besides selling the PlanterSpeakers, Powers continues to do custom audio and video installations in Connecticut and New York through his other company, Designed Sound.

With Art and Sound, the Greenwich showroom, he also gets to incorporate his artistic interests. He provides local artists with opportunities to display their work on the walls. If artwork is sold at the gallery, Art and Sound gets a 35 percent commission.

For now, Powers’ attention is on settling in at the Bridgeport manufacturing space. “But it’s also outdoor speaker season so we’re busy,” he said. “I’m trying to get this manufacturing to the next level. To build more products at a higher quality level and try to get this thing international.”

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