Brick Award - Comtronics Embraces Change

Brick Award - Comtronics Embraces Change

Terryl Jackson - January 22, 2010

Gutting a former eatery and turning it into a high-tech storefront for cellular phones and alarms has proven to be a great investment for Jackson-based Comtronics.

A $1.5 million investment, to be exact.

Brown Street Comtronics Store
Citizen Patriot-Katie Rausch
The Comtronics building at W. Michigan Avenue Brown Street in Jackson.

“I feel very grateful to this community that they have supported Comtronics the way they have,” said John Campau, president and CEO of the 51-year-old company. “That support is what inspired me to make this investment.

Comtronics received a Brick Award — which recognizes a local business’ architectural achievements — at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Thursday.

”The company specializes in electronic security systems and telecommunications equipment and entered the cellular-phone market 11 years ago.

In May, the company opened its newest retail store at W. Michigan Avenue and Brown Street. It was formerly Gourmet Bagel, which closed in November 2006.

Comtronics also tore down four adjacent buildings.
The company turned the building into a beautiful, recognizable structure, said Mindy Bradish-Orta, chamber president.

“Comtronics is a well-known business in the community,” she said. “John’s commitment to Jackson is great, especially considering what he did to that building.”

Inside, the store has a coffee bar, lounge area, five flat-screen televisions and 60 live-demonstration phones on display.

The store also has a training room — complete with WiFi and a 52-inch LCD television — where the staff conducts daily training sessions on the latest smartphones.

The company has been successful because it embraces change, Campau said.

“We have to move quickly to adapt to the change of the industry,” he said. “It’s a very fast-paced business.”

Campau plans to dedicate the building to his father, Phil Campau Sr., who died May 2, 2008.

“We’re committed to growing our business and growing it right here in Jackson,” he said.

Reprinted with permission from The Jackson Citizen Patriot
Copyright January 2010

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