To fully understand Mouser Electronics today, it helps to know where the company started. In 1964, El Cajon, California, Physics teacher, Jerry Mouser, needed components to start an electronics program at his high school. It was difficult to find the components he needed for his class. Jerry found component distributors had large minimum orders, punishing prices, high-pressure-commissioned sales people, limited selection, excessive shipping charges, slow delivery and terrible customer service. This laid the groundwork from which Mouser Electronics was formed. Soon there was a loyal following of instructors, students, hobbyists, design engineers and even production buyers.
In 1983, Mouser Electronics opened a distribution center in Mansfield, Texas. This placed Mouser in the middle of a growing high-tech industry in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Being only 30 minutes from the DFW International Airport also gave Mouser an important distribution advantage for serving North America and extending its reach worldwide.
In January 2000, Mouser's success caught the attention of TTI, Inc., the world's leading distributor of passive components and connectors. Mouser became a TTI subsidiary and together, the two offer the ideal distribution solution for design engineers and production buyers in the electronics manufacturing industry. With Mouser's focus on new designs combined with TTI's expertise in volume distribution, the two companies provide the complete answer from the design chain to the supply chain.
The success of this joint partnership in time caused Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway's Chairman of the Board, to take notice of the two companies. In March 2007, the acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. was finalized. TTI and Mouser found the ideal partner to allow the continuation of its very successful business model. Additionally, both companies gained the added recognition and financial strength from one of the most successful companies in the world.
A lot has changed since 1964. Today, Mouser has customer support offices across the globe, a thousand employees, hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide and half-a-billion U.S. dollars of sales annually. But one thing has remained unchanged: we are still focused on delivering the newest semiconductors and electronic components and providing the best possible service to the instructors, students, hobbyists, design engineers and production buyers that started us in business.