Thankful for 85 Years as a Leading Electronic Enclosure Manufacturer

Thanksgiving is often a time of reflection.  For us at Bud Industries, Thanksgiving week marks a special time in our corporate life as Bud Industries marks our 85th Anniversary.  Founded in 1928, the company is still privately held and is in the 3rd and 4th generation family management.  Our company’s first product was a radio antenna eliminator.  This product was literally what it said, a unit that you could attach to the back of your radio to avoid having to connect to a rooftop antenna to gain reception.

1928 Antenna Eliminator

The company expanded into all kinds of antennas including the revolutionary concept of car antennas and then microphones but phased out of that business in the mid 1930’s as other product lines grew more rapidly.  During the Depression, we sold radio kits for people who were unable to afford a finished radio for their homes.

At about this time, we developed the first enclosures.  In the 1936 catalog, we have an offering of relay racks, both large and small, that were among the first in the industry.  Also at that time, we introduced the mini-boxes, or Bud boxes as they came to be known, a staple in the industry for generations.  Virtually any engineer or hobbyist has used this product in their work.  In the late 1950’s we introduced our first welded rack line, becoming a leader in the cabinet rack field as well.  Since then, we have evolved into a company that can provide almost any type of enclosure from the smallest hand held unit to large cabinet racks, from simple NEMA 1 enclosures to those that meet stringent NEMA 4x and IP67 standards.  We have units that are made from steel, aluminum, plastic and fiberglass comprising more than 2500 standard products.  Best of all, through our network of domestic and international distribution, more than 90% of these products are available to ship on the same day.

Today, our new focus is rapid modifications.  We can now take a standard product and punch holes or slots and provide a turn-key unit to the customer in 5 days, an industry leading standard.  While we are an 85 year old company, we continue to innovate with the goal of providing the very best product to meet our customer’s needs in the fastest possible way.

Thank you to all of our customers, vendors and employees who have helped us achieve this incredible milestone.  We look forward to our centennial in 2028!

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About Blair Haas

CEO Bud Industries
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2 Responses to Thankful for 85 Years as a Leading Electronic Enclosure Manufacturer

  1. Dan says:

    Wow, I just bought a 1929 Victor (before RCA) radio and it has your antenna eliminator attached to the back but it’s not wired. This, of course, opens lots of questions: How does it work? How do I connect it? (I’m going to restore the radio.)

    It would be very cool if you had a PDF of the manual that came with these! Of course, my search is only now beginning, so I may find one by the time you read this.

    Your products, even as far back as 1929 are still bringing customers to your website, something no one back in the day could have imagined!

    If it works, I may have to find more for my other antique radios!

    • mm Blair Haas says:

      Alas, I do not have anything other than an ad from the era for the product and one last antenna eliminator. As an aside, my grandfather was working as a travelling salesman for Victor at the time he purchased the rights to the eliminator and started the company. Thank you for sharing this story.

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