Serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
In 1952, U.S. President Harry Truman was
ending his second term in office, "Ozzie and Harriet" was beginning its
run as a hit TV series, gas was .20 cents a gallon and Anderson
Communications became a Motorola Service Station (MSS).
Founder Roy Anderson was not a newcomer to Motorola radio products. In 1941, as a radio engineer for the Michigan State Police he worked on Motorola radios. After a stint in the U.S. Army, Anderson returned to Michigan and the State Police. He married and in 1949 he and his wife, Mary, moved to Marquette where Anderson set up a radio repair shop in his basement on Kaye Avenue.
In 1952, Anderson Communications became an official Motorola Service Station and shortly after that Anderson left the Michigan State Police and turned his love for working with radios and electronics into a full-time business.
Just like Motorola, Anderson started as a family business and continues to be part of the family. After 50 years, Roy turned the dealership over to his son Fred, and President Fred Anderson continues the family business.
"MSS' like Anderson's is crucial to the success of Motorola," said Bob Galvin, former Motorola Chairman of the Board and son of Paul Galvin who founded Motorola. "As a Motorola MSS, Fred and his team are the contact between the customer and Motorola. It is extremely rewarding to see a business like Anderson's grow and prosper and to know that it is part of the Motorola family."