(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1526]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                      HON. CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS

                             of washington

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 13, 2012

  Mrs. McMORRIS RODGERS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate the 
30th anniversary of Telect, Incorporation, one of the premier family-
run, independent businesses in eastern Washington.
  On September 13, 1982, Bill and Judi Williams, later joined by their 
son Wayne, set out to build an independent company that would transform 
the communications industry. Thirty years later, their focus remains 
the same: simplify telecommunication networks by providing innovative 
  Headquartered in Liberty Lake, Washington, Telect's history of 
service and innovation, along with a business model driven by 
entrepreneurialism and dynamic energy, positions them to be the lead 
provider for the global communications industry. At the heart of the 
company, Telect designs, manufactures, and integrates connectivity and 
power solutions for the communications industry by offering power 
distribution and protection panels and management systems.
  However, their story goes beyond simply creating equipment for the 
telecommunication industry. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Telect 
President and CEO Wayne Williams, and Vice President and CFO Stan 
Hilbert are exchanging tradeshows and boardrooms for the open road on 
their motorcycles. Ride with Telect, a national business and motorcycle 
tour, will hit the road during the months of August and September. 
Traveling 11,000 miles, Ride with Telect will enable the business to 
travel to their customer's location and interact with them one-on-one. 
Williams, Hilbert, and other members of the Ride with Telect team will 
thank customers, showcase products, and develop new relationships in 
this face-to-face product roadshow celebration.
  Through the last thirty years, the Williams family has effectively 
integrated their faith into developing a successful business. 
Demonstrating commitment to God, country, and their community by 
serving on various boards including the Washington Policy Center, 
Greater Spokane Incorporated, and the Public Facilities District Board, 
Bill and Judi have given their time to eastern Washington. In addition, 
Telect has been the recipient of numerous awards including being named 
the Washington Family Business of the Year in 1994, Gonzaga's 
University Ethics Award in 2001, and AGORA Business and Community 
Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. I applaud the Williams' family 
integrity and generous contributions to our community.
  So today, I am encouraged by this family-run, independent business 
that instead of taking the road well traveled, decided to venture out 
and explore the open road. Congratulations to Telect, Incorporation for 
their many successes during their first thirty years and I eagerly 
anticipate their upcoming innovations for eastern Washington and the 
rest of the telecommunications industry in the next thirty years.