Founded by Marion C. Suttle in Lawrenceville, Illinois in 1910, the company was originally known as Suttle Apparatus. Mr. Suttle was a former telephone line and instrument trouble shooter from a mutual telephone company in McLeansboro, IL, who decided to strike on his own and open a telephone and electrical repair shop. The company grew modestly as the dealers and re-builders of telephone and electrical apparatuses worked away developing telephony equipment solutions in a back-office room over a butcher shop.
Suttle Apparatus was sold in December 1913 and incorporated shortly thereafter in 1914, alongside the Commercial Telephone & Telegraph Company. Over time, the company was sold to LeRoy T. Carlson, and later to the North American Communications Corporation (NACC). Gaining insight and inspiration with each transition, Suttle became a well-established supplier to the communications market.
In December 1969, Communications Systems Inc. was formed by a small group of investors from Hector, MN, led by Curtis A. Sampson. The new company purchased Suttle Apparatus, Inc. and moved its operations from Lawrenceville, IL to the current headquarters in Hector, MN, where NACC had been based.
The products and services Suttle has offered over the years have remained true to their beginnings despite reimagination and modifications to fit the changing times and technology. Today, Suttle’s traditional products are present in 68% of US homes thanks to our position as a long-time and trusted product supplier to the Bell System.
Since its beginnings, the company has reimagined what reliable network connectivity means, time and time again. Today’s goal to create future-proof networks that are fast, secure and convenient is founded on Smartest Home. Best Life — our drive is to provide the right solutions for architects, engineers and builders to meet the demands of owners and occupants for stable, accessible and reliable connectivity.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (CSI), (NASDAQ: JCS), Suttle’s primary operations are in Hector, MN, a sales and marketing office in Minneapolis, MN, and a global sales force for the Americas, Europe and Middle East.