Headquartered in Dayton, P&R Communications Service, Inc. has expanded into the northwest Ohio market and moved into an existing building in Oregon at 4910 Wynnscape Drive.
Mike Rausch, general manager of the local P&R, said the wireless communications company moved into the area in October.
Founded in 1961 by Paul Reeves and Robert Pahren, the company was an authorized sales and service shop for Motorola. In 1990, Steve and Dave Reeves purchased the company from their father, Paul, and took over as co-owners of P&R.
The family owned company, described as a consultative comprehensive wireless solutions provider, has grown to over 70 employees, including seven who were hired locally, said Rausch.
“Steve and Dave both want to grow the business. Hopefully, we can get as many employees as they have in the Dayton area. Our geographic area is bigger than what is covered in Dayton. It’ll take a while. But if we do it right, we should be every bit of that,” he said.
P&R deals primarily with public safety providers, such as police and fire departments, but also has commercial customers throughout northwest Ohio, said Rausch.
“The company’s motto is `Anything wireless for everything that matters,”’ he said.
Although its flagship vendor in the region is sales and service of Motorola 2-way radios and radio systems, the company has also picked up carriers such as Nextel, Fleet Management/Vehicle Tracking products, paging and has entered the siren and light industry for both commercial and public safety customers. It also deals with broadband networks, consoles and CAD, digital audio and video recording, fixed and mobile data, microwave and Wi-Fi networks, IP video, carrier solutions, in-building wireless systems, and more.
Rausch said the company had been contemplating a move to the area for the last two years.
“We were asked to come into this market by some of our vendors. We cover a 14 county area up here, everything west to the Indiana line, up to Michigan, and east to Sandusky,” he said.
Before moving to Oregon, P&R expanded to Sydney, Ohio, he said.
“It just kind of fit the bill to come on up here,” he said.
”We have a digital backbone that we’re building out with towers, radio communication that we can talk two-way from the river in Cincinnati up to the lake here. It’s wide area coverage. That’s our goal, and the reason why we’re coming up to the western half of the state,” he said.
“Our typical client is the Oregon Police Department. We have worked with Lucas County EMS, and have done work with the Perrysburg Fire and Police departments. We do everything from the maintenance of radio systems that the police use in their vehicles to their dispatch centers to their portable radios they carry on their belts when they are going into a burning building or chasing down the bad guys. We also have wireless broadband products we service and support. We design and install new systems and upgrade existing systems. We have maintenance contracts for all that we sell. And we do FCC coordination and licensing, if people need that,” he said.
P&R also has commercial accounts with such companies as Whirlpool.
“We work with anybody that needs two-way communications in a business environment,” said Rausch.
So far, Rausch said he likes the area and what it has to offer.
“People have been extremely nice, especially in the Oregon area. To tell you the truth, I never really knew too much about Toledo or Oregon. I’ve passed through here. But I think the area has more going for it than Dayton ever dreamed of having. There’s more things to do here than in Dayton. There’s more recreation. People take more advantage of the Maumee River. Nothing wrong with Dayton, but Oregon has been a breath of fresh air,” he said.