“For 35 years of contributing to the success of our community,” reads the citation on the handsome certificate. My, how time flies.
The recognition of LBA Technology by the Pitt County Development Commission came in the commission’s annual reception Feb. 23 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville. LBA Technology president Jerry Brown represented the company in the honoring ceremony, accompanied by LBA Group Inc. president Lawrence Behr. The award was presented by Wanda E. Yuhas, Executive Director of the Pitt County Development Commission.
The affair was marked by tasty hors d’oeuvres and congenial networking. And then it was back to the work we do best – helping companies find, test and use radio frequency technology. We have, in fact, worked at this for three and a half decades now.
The company was formed in Greenville in 1975. Let’s put that in perspective: 1975 was when Motorola introduced its first “portable radiotelephone” using cellular radio technology. That unit and similar commercial offerings of other manufacturers were bulky, heavy pieces of communication equipment that now seem several light years old when compared to Motorola’s contemporary Razr and Cliq phones.
LBA Technology has evolved right along with the telecommunications industry. Our engineers continually adapt to technical change. Our manufacturing processes incorporate the newest thinking in our fabricated products. Our line-up of RF components for distribution to companies worldwide reflects the latest generation of equipment available.
In 2009, we became the exclusive distributor in the Western Hemisphere of the precision products of renowned German RF equipment manufacturer Kathrein Group, including its subsidiary, Schomandl. We were pleased to have earned the respect of Kathrein Group and are energetically promoting the company’s superb test equipment.
Jerry Brown became president three years ago after years of sales and management experience, both at LBA and with several top-flight broadcast and communications companies. He is certified by the Society of Broadcast Engineers and is helping propel LBA Technology deeper into the 21st century.
What the future holds for the company and the industry is always fun to speculate about, but looking back can be pleasurable, too. We are proud to have contributed for several decades to the Pitt County community through our enterprise and business success, and to have become an influential part of the telecommunications industry as well.
We wonder what the next 35 years will bring. After all, how light and small can phones become?