A Brief History Of Miner Electronics
Miner Electronics was founded in Hammond, Indiana, by Harold E. Miner and his son, Jack in 1948. Harold had been a long time entrepreneur in Northwest Indiana, and Jack was a Veteran of World War II, and studied at Purdue University, becoming a Radio Engineer. The original Miner Electronics focused on televisions, as well as two-way radio systems. Motorola made both of these items.
Early on, the Military and Police were the only users of two-way radios. In the early 1950’s, the Federal Communications Commission allocated frequencies for taxis, and industry. This was a new business opportunity for Motorola, and in 1954, Miner Electronics was appointed an Authorized Service Shop (MSS) for Motorola in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.By 1960, it was decided that all of the company’s focus should be on the Public Safety and Business applications for two-way radio. The focus was to become the premier Installer and Maintainer of Motorola’s products anywhere. Today Miner is one of the finest providers of Motorola products and services, and represents many of the cutting edge manufacturers of industrial and public safety electronic equipment in the world.
In 1980, Miner Electronics moved to its present facility located in Munster, Indiana. They also have a branch office in Joliet, Illinois, servicing Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana
Jack Miner retired in 1987, and was succeeded by two of his children. Janet L. Miner served as President from 1987 until June 2003. Joel Miner is the current President of Miner Electronics. In 1995, Bill Dow joined Miner Electronics as Vice President of Operations and General Manager. Joel and Bill share the ownership of Miner Electronics, and plan on being at the helm of Miner Electronics for many years to come.
Today Miner Electronics is one of two organizations with the distinction of MSS in Chicagoland, and is rated in the top 10 of the largest Motorola Two-Way Radio Dealers in the Country. Miner Electronics is committed to providing the finest Communications Solutions, offering the greatest value, in the most professional manner to its customers.
Our Management Team
Joel Miner – President/Owner
Joel, a third generation owner, has been with Miner Electronics since 1983. Shortly after his father, Jack Miner built the facility we now occupy in Munster, Indiana, Joel and his sister (Janet) took over ownership of Miner Electronics. In 1995, Joel and Janet recruited Bill Dow from Motorola to be the General Manager and part owner with them. They were partners until Janet’s death in 2003. Bill Dow is now Executive Director of the USMSS organization, and Joel is the sole partner still managing the operation
Bob Gonsiorowski – Vice President/CFO
Bob started at Miner in 1993 as a Communications Consultant working in Northwest Indiana with our Commercial Customers. Over the next 7 years, he handled many different territories serving the Commercial, as well as Public Safety markets. In 2001, Bob became the Sales Manager and continued to handle key customer opportunities in Public Safety. In January of 2013, Bob was promoted to Vice President of Distribution with duties managing the Sales and Administrative teams at Miner Electronics.
Jim McCarty – Service Manager
Jim began his career at Miner Electronics in October of 1985. As a field technician, he installed and managed many wide-area RF networks. He has an ETA Certification as an Electronics Technician as well as special certifications in R56 grounding techniques, P25 radio systems, dispatch consoles, DMR Digital Radio systems and project management techniques. Since 2010, Jim has been the Service Manager responsible for 8 field technicians. His department is responsible for installing all communications infrastructure, managing all of our service contracts, and managing our rental stock and wide-are communications trunking networks.
Matt Shannon – Installation Manager/Pre-Sale Design Technician
Matt has been with Miner Electronics since 1988. He has served as a field technician for most of his career. In 2010, he joined our Pre-sale design staff, assisting the Sales Department with system design mostly associated with wide-area radio networks and 911 Dispatch Centers. Matt is an ETA Certified Electronics Technician with special certifications for 911 Telephony, Dispatch Consoles, and Wide-area RF Communications systems. In 2012, Matt took on the additional responsibility of managing our Fleet Installation Department. The 5 employees under his guidance install hundreds of radios in vehicles, and custom design and build squad cars for police agencies in Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois.
Bob Roe – Technical Services Manager
Bob Roe began his career at Miner Electronics in the early 1970s. As a field technician, he spent many years fixing portable and mobile radios for customers. As communications systems became more complex, he helped install dozens of wide-area communications systems in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. He is an ETA Certified Electronics Technician with special certification in Networking, Wireless Networking, and Wide-area RF Networks. In 1997, Bob became the Technical Services Manager, mainly responsible for the pre-sale design of all Wide-area RF and Wireless Networking systems. He also serves as Project Manager for most of our large system deployments.