In 1968, the late James (Jim) R. Marckres was a farmer southwest of Perry, IA. With a newborn at home, he needed a way to better communicate with his wife, Judy, from the field. He began researching a new idea in wireless technology called Citizens' Band radio (CB). Like most early adopters, Jim was excited about this new technology and the capabilities it offered. His CB radios had an immediate impact. Jim's logic was simple; he had found a way to resolve his communication problems and he thought other Iowa farmers might need a CB radio as well. It is at this point, that Spring Valley Radio Corporation was born in the basement of the Marckres' two story farm house.
Why "Spring Valley?" This was the name of the township where the business got its start. Word spread and soon farmers from surrounding communities were driving along the "#9" gravel road to check out the latest advances in CB radios. Over time, the business started to outgrow the basement.
Then 1970, in response to Judy's request, Jim purchased a used trailer and parked it outside the farmhouse. Many loyal friends and customers continued to drive down the gravel road to the store, but Jim was growing concerned about its rural location. It was often inconvenient for people to travel to the store; Jim began considering moving into nearby Perry, Iowa.
So in 1972, Jim and Judy decided it was time to relocate. The Spring Valley Radio Corporation became a permanent fixture in Perry, Iowa, where corporate headquarters remain today. Jim founded his business because he needed a better way to communicate with his own family: a problem he was able to resolve.
With locations in Ames, Ankeny, Carroll, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Perry, and West Des Moines (3), Spring Valley Wireless has earned the status of a Verizon Wireless "Premium Retailer." We are, and always will be, a close-knit family operation with roots in the areas we serve. Over the years our company's name has changed slightly to include Verizon Wireless and the products we sell have certainly evolved, but one thing is for certain, we continue Jim's legacy: to help Iowan's find a better way to communicate.
Stop in sometime to see us. We will find the best wireless solutions for you to stay in touch.