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NORLIN - 1969 ECL, an Ecuadorian company with interests in concrete and beer manufacturing, takes over Gibson. ECL also becomes known as Norlin. 1974 The Nashville plant opens and production is split between Nashville and Kalamazoo. In 1984, the Kalamazoo plants is closed as well, and Gibson moves its headquarters to Nashville. Les Pauls built during this era are referred to as "Norlins".