When Cables To Go was founded in 1984, the company was manufacturing printer cables and other computer connectivity cables for products that were the cutting-edge technology of the time. That was long before the advent of anything like HDTV, DVDs or fiber optics and was even a few years before the introduction of VGA ports and cables. Now as the company celebrates 25 years in business, the company has successfully evolved with technological advancements in computer, A/V and data connectivity.
The original founders – Mike Shane, Geoff Hyman and Jeff Fourman – who started the company in a Dayton, Ohio garage, felt like they had already hit the big time when they moved operations into the back room of a shopping mall computer store. But now, from three guys with a vision of quickly delivering custom-made cables at a good price to a company that employs more than 400 people in its facilities in the United States, Asia and the United Kingdom, Cables To Go has demonstrated steady growth and success by focusing on combining innovative products with an unwavering commitment to customer service.
“Over the course of 25 years, we have experienced many changes in the industry, the coming and going of different technologies and all the ups and downs of the economy,” said Mike Shane, Lastar CEO and chairman. “The one thing that has remained constant over the years, and is core to our success, has been our commitment to listening to our customers and partners in order to meet their needs and help them be successful.”
Cables To Go began rapid regional expansion in 1993 when it acquired the Lastar Group for infrastructure installation services. Five years later, the corporate name changed to Lastar, Inc. with Cables To Go continuing as a business unit along with Lastar Datacomm Solutions.
In 2004, the company acquired Quiktron, marking an entry into the industrial and electrical distribution channels. Over the years, the company has expanded on its initial computer cable offerings to manufacturing connectivity solutions for a wide variety of computer, commercial and home audio/video and data applications.
Recent years have seen some of the most significant developments in the company’s history, most notably the success of the RapidRun modular cabling system, which has won numerous awards for innovation, and the introduction of a number of award-winning wireless solutions for transmitting USB and VGA signals. The company has also recently expanded into the United Kingdom and has started a pilot program into retail markets.
“Cables To Go is about connectivity and providing the best solutions for transmitting a signal from point A to point B,” said Bill Diedrich, Lastar president. “Whether it’s wired or wireless, data or A/V, standard or hi-def, or whatever the next hot technology may be, we provide quality, affordable solutions for maintaining a reliable connection.”
Cables To Go products are available through key distributors such as Tech Data and Ingram Micro, as well as directly to consumers and resellers.
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