ModUcom Back in Business Under New Ownership
Friday, January 10, 2020 | Comments

Radio console supplier Modular Communication Systems (ModUcom) is back in business under new ownership after closing its doors in 2018.

Max Machuta, who owns two-way radio dealer Radio North, purchased hardware and intellectual property (IP) from Peter Hong, the former owner. Machuta also purchased hardware from B&E Electronics, which had bought hardware to continue to support ModUcom systems.

Machuta now owns all the technology to sell new systems and maintain and support the current customer base of about 75 active systems. The company opened a manufacturing facility for assemblies and boards in Traverse City, Michigan, and hired several key personnel who formerly worked for ModUcom including a software engineer to continue with software development.

“The old company was in North Hollywood,” said Ira Gore, vice president of sales. “Everything has moved to Traverse City. We have personnel on the East Coast, the West Coast and the central part of the country, and we’ve brought back key personnel.”

Gore worked for ModUcom from 2002 – 2014. His sales team will target the same sectors of the industry as the original ModUcom, including police, fire and 9-1-1 systems in small and medium cities and counties. Several new interfaces are being developed for radio and next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1), he said.

Bob Moesch, the founder of ModUcom, died in 2013, and Hong became president and CEO. The California company closed in May 2018. Machuta purchased the assets last year, and the new company was up and running by fall. B&E Electronics and Zetron supported ModUcom customers and systems in the interim. Machuta, who has also worked as a mission-critical communications industry consultant, is CEO, and his son Dan Machuta is the chief technical officer of the new firm.

Gore said ModUcom is one of the few manufacturers that integrates E9-1-1 and radio in the same product. The U.S. Forest Service is a large customer for the company, and Gore said he sees a lot of opportunities on the radio side, along with NG 9-1-1 as it rolls out.

“We’re in business,” Gore said. “We’re putting the train back on the tracks, and we’re doing it pretty quickly. I’m glad to be back, and I know Max is happy to keep this company moving forward.”

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