We are leading the way in Total Communications Systems Integration, Sales, and Service since 1945. We provide the equipment, supplies and expertise to K-12, colleges, universities and corporations throughout New England. Teachers, administrators, students, parents and managers rely on us for enhancing the learning experience. See how we can design and build the perfect system to meet all your communications needs for today and tomorrow
Rita M. Tremble, the mother of 10 children, started Valley Communications Systems, Inc., originally known as Valley Cinema, Inc., in 1945 with the aid of a small loan from her husband Edward C. Tremble. The business stored and shipped motion pictures. An early success for the Company was the distribution and viewing of War Bond Movies through area organizations and businesses promoting and marketing war bonds to the general public. Mr. Tremble, working as the projectionist, received a Presidential Citation for his efforts.
Valley Adds Other Technologies
Mrs. Tremble recognized an opportunity and moved Valley Communications into the projection equipment business and camera supplies and service, quickly becoming "The Place" to purchase motion picture projectors, cameras and film. In 1949 Valley Communications added engineered sound amplification systems for churches, synagogues, and auditoriums and in 1952 moved into video equipment with the addition of video cameras. Today Valley Communications is a full line audio-visual business servicing New England area education and business markets. 1955 saw home and business security systems included in the product offering.
In 1950, with Valley Communications growing rapidly, Mrs. Tremble built a large store at the front of her home to handle the business, and enable her to be close to her children. Valley Communications presently occupies a 30,000 square foot office and distribution facility in Chicopee Massachusetts.
From its inception to the mid 1970's Valley Communications grew larger and stronger by growing its business with the latest state of the art audio visual and sound equipment. Valley began engineering large-scale sound and intercom systems, projector and screen installations, public-address systems, paging systems, security systems including card access systems, and most recently fully converged integrated voice video and data systems.
Valley Enters The Telephone Business
In the 1970's Mrs. Tremble and Valley Communications established themselves as true visionaries and the ultimate in risk takers by entering the telephone business and taking on AT&T ("Ma Bell") directly. With the advent of the Carter Phone Act, deregulation and competition in the telecommunications industry began. It certainly was not for the faint of heart. Today there is in excess of 1000 telephone companies offering a wide array of products and services. In the 1970's there was one and only one, Ma Bell.
From the beginning the battle lines were drawn. Early on, the new kid on the telephone block, Valley Communications, encountered fierce competition from Ma Bell and the unions that supported it. Often times experiencing mysterious accidents with its equipment, cut wires and cables, and uncooperative Ma Bell operations and support personnel. Ma Bell continuously challenged Valley Communications contracts in court, attempting to use its influence, power and money to stop the Company in its tracks. But to no avail, because today, Valley Communications is nationally recognized as one of the largest independent telephone interconnects in the communications industry.
- 1945 - Valley Cinema, Inc. founded at 225 Bay Street in Springfield. MA.
- 1949 - Added engineered sound - amplification systems for churches, synagogues, and auditoriums.
- 1952 - Moved into video equipment with addition of video cameras.
- 1955 - Added home and business security systems to the line ...concentrating on commercial, business and industry.
- 1970 - Moved to current site at 20 First Avenue in Chicopee, MA - a 23,000 square ft. building, located at the junction of Route 291 and Exit 6 of the Mass. turnpike.
- 1971 - Added telephone interconnect division ...the company's boldest step.
- 1993 - Changed the company name from Valley Cinema, Inc. to Valley Communications Systems, Inc., to better reflect the diversity of its products and services.