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As I write this and we prepare for the 4th of July holiday, I am once again struck by the American Dream and how our Electronic Enclosure Company’s story could have only happened in the United States. As I have mentioned before, Bud Industries was founded as Bud Radio by my grandfather, Max Haas, in 1928. An immigrant from what is now the Czech Republic around 1900, he had a self-taught engineering and marketing mind and was fascinated by what we would now call technology and the opportunities it would present. What started as an antenna company (the first to offer a product that eliminated the need for a roof top radio antenna), evolved into car antennas, and then into other radio parts (he sold off the antenna business), and finally into enclosures. He and my grandmother worked hard to take the ideas he uncovered and turn them into a solid enduring business.
I think about how few countries, at that time, would allow a refugee family to be welcomed into their land, provide free education for their children, and encourage them to be whatever they wanted with relatively limited restrictions. While America of that era was not perfect, it offered many the chance to create the best life they could for themselves and their families and to hopefully allow their children to have better lives than theirs.
Bud is proud of our many employees who have been with us making electronic enclosures for more than 25 years
Tomorrow is an important date in the history of Electronic Enclosures. On November 30, 1928, Bud Radio, the predecessor of Bud Industries, was incorporated by my Grandfather, Max Haas. While I have written about our company’s history on many occasions, I want to honor my grandfather one more time by retelling his story as I think it is very meaningful today. His life is a true testament to perseverance and resilience and the value of immigrants in our economy. He was born in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, today is the Czech Republic and came to the United States in the early 1900’s as a boy, fortunately before there were immigration quotas. He eventually settled in Cleveland, Ohio, met and married my grandmother, and had his only child, my father, in 1918. In 1920, he and his partners founded Haas Electrical Sales, which by 1924 was noted by “Radio in the Home” magazine to be the largest radio parts distributor in the Cleveland area.
Bud Industries has been a part of the Electronic Distribution Show and its predecessors since its inception in the late 1930’s as we promote our electronic enclosures to our distribution partners. This year marked the 41st consecutive EDS that I have attended. When I first went, in 1978, it was called the NEWCOMM show, an acronym that I candidly don’t remember what it stood for. In my early days, the major focus of the show was to introduce new products and convince the distributors to put them into stock. Much of the action was on a show floor, typically at the Las Vegas Convention Center which was next to the host hotel of the Las Vegas Hilton. We would have a large booth and the distributors would come by and chat about business with us and we would convince them that the new products would change their business and assist them in major growth. Out would come the order pads, we would promote our show discount, and after the show we would take home our pad of orders and based on the totals booked, consider the show a success.
New products are always the life blood of a company’s sales efforts. Sometimes they involve extensions of already successful products and sometimes they are totally new. Bud is very excited to delve into a new area in the electronic enclosures market place – the PTT terminal boxes. Actually, this product area represents the marriage of a very successful product, the IP rated plastic box and terminal blocks (a newer area for us). Made from UL94HB ABS plastic, these boxes are rated IP66/IP67 providing great protection. They also include mounted terminal blocks which is a first for Bud. Available in 8 sizes ranging from 2.9 x 2.5. x 1.7 to 9 x 4 x 2.75 inches, the number of blocks included ranges from 4 to 20. All sizes come with the choice of either an opaque or clear lids.
As I noted in an earlier blog, 2018 marks Bud Industries 90th year as a manufacturer of electronic enclosures. As we have evolved through the years, we have been blessed to build on our business relationships and turn them into personal friendships as well. During a recent visit to Little Rock, Josiah Haas, our president, mentioned the anniversary and also our long standing relationship with the Carlton-Bates company. Bud was probably one of Carlton-Bates earliest suppliers as Bud Haas, son of our founder and Joe Carlton, the CBC founder were industry associates and friends 60 years ago.
2018 represents a major milestone in the history of electronic enclosures, the 90th Anniversary of Bud Industries. I have often written about our history in this blog so I won’t repeat it, but I do think there are several key points worth highlighting. First, Bud’s current president, Josiah Haas, is the 4th generation of Haas’s to lead the company. I recently read a study that showed that only 3% of companies survive to be led by the fourth generation, making this a feat that is almost as astounding as surviving for 90 years.
While tens of thousands of customers enjoy our electronic enclosures each year, it is likely that they never think about the people who create those products that they use This week, and for that matter, this year, is an exciting one here at Bud for our team. One of the ways we honor their legacy is with a plaque in our lobby that recognizes employees that have worked with us for 25 years. This week, we add three names to the list, with one more next week. In 2017 alone, we add 7 to the list. It is even more exciting to take a closer look at those 7 and note that three of them worked here with at least one parent, two of these parents are also on the board. Another works with his wife who has been with us for 31 years. Still another joining the club is the “newbie” in our customer service department which has an average tenure of just about 30 years. This week’s additions bring us past the 100 mark of employees who have achieved this distinction.
As the New Year begins, many are asking us what the latest trends in electronic enclosures are. While one of the great advantages of these products is that they are so flexible that they can be adapted to almost any internal components, like any other manufacturer, we look to always improve how we are meeting the customers’ needs. Many of the trends we are seeing this year are logical extension of prior products but with newer features. Here is a listing of what we see as the most exciting new directions for 2017.
Once again, I attended the Electronica Show in Munich, checking out what is new in Electronic Enclosures. My company, Bud Industries, is in the early stages of its international expansion, and Electronica presents a unique opportunity to learn about the differences in the EMEA market versus the North American. While one would think that an enclosure is an enclosure and providing the best protection of electronic equipment would be consistent, that is not always true.