Old company, new identity. Started as Thalner Electronic Labs 43 years ago, this Ann Arbor company specializes in advanced video, audio and communication technology.
For many decades the firm relied on the auto industry for its business but several years ago decided to diversify their clientele. Good thinking. The company now counts casinos and sports arenas amongst its customers. It recently installed the new state-of-the-art sound system in the University of Michigan's Crisler Arena. In fact, U-M has long been a regular client.
"From the day we were founded to today, the university is a very important part of what we do," says Karl Couyoumjian, president of TeL Systems.
Adding two to its staff last year, TeL Systems counts 34 people and an intern in its office. Until the recent economic downturn, the company saw steady growth on the horizon. Things are still good and the firm expects a couple of hires in 2009 but with the auto industry's current woes President Karl Couyoumjian is cautious.
""If the right person with the right skill set comes by we'll make room," he says.