While in high school Jim had the opportunity to work with former Police Chief Ervin Mourtsen assisting in providing maintenance on police vehicles. This lead to an interest in communications and public safety equipment.
Wanting to start his own business he accepted a job offer as a technician/operator with Near North Broadcasting. This position allowed him the flexibility to start his business and take classes to obtain the necessary FCC licensure to work on broadcast and two-way communications equipment. After successfully passing the FCC testing he became chief engineer at WLST/WMAM radio stations and was able to advance his business. Jim then purchased the assets of the former Communications Electronics Supply.
Word of Jim’s technical abilities reached the Motorola Service Center in La Crosse, WI and he was offered a position as a field/bench technician. Jim accepted the job offer in order to increase his exposure and knowledge base of then-current technologies not then in use in the tri-cities. This provided him with the opportunity to maintain, install, and customize systems to customer needs.
The urge to own his own business and put customer satisfaction over profit margins was again pulling him back to Menominee. Returning, he purchased the old “Sonny’s IGA” building located in Menominee’s West End and completely renovated the building.
With a formal business location he was able to expand his client base and services offered. Public Safety vehicle installs became a significant part of the business. In 1995 JS Electronics acquired the assets of the former Total Communications of Marinette, WI and purchased a 500’ communications tower north of Menominee from Time Warner Cable.
In 1998 the business purchased High Falls Electronics in Marinette County which included a 300’ communications tower west of Crivitz. In 1996 JS Electronics became a Kenwood land mobile radio dealer and service center.
With the advent of digital communications Jim has been continually attending specialized training in the operation, programming, and maintenance of this equipment. With a fully equipped install and fabrication shop on site Jim is currently increasing his custom emergency vehicle installs to meet ever-expanding demand for specialized installation of equipment, lighting, and communications.