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Success, determination and luck lead to 100 years of service

Posted: Friday, Jan 31st, 2014

John Woody, Howard Woody and Jim Woody of the 100 year old family-owned Union Telephone Company in Mountain View. The company will reaches the centennial mark this year. COURTESY PHOTOS

By Deborah Demander

Wyoming Newspapers, Inc.

MOUNTAIN VIEW — On Jan. 28, 1914, Union Wireless incorporated as a service provider to a handful of residents in Mountain View. Today, 100 years later, the family-owned-and-operated business serves more than 60,000 customers in five states.

Chief Customer Relations Officer Brian Woody said in a recent interview that it all started with his great-grandfather, John D. Woody. The Woody family continued to run the business, with Howard Woody taking over in the 1940’s and expanding service to 125 lines and a centralized operator.

These days, Brian Woody is proud to work alongside his dad, Jim Woody, and his uncle, John G. Woody, while the company continues to serve customers with the same small-town kindness that has become a hallmark of their business.

“One of our proudest accomplishments,” Brian Woody said, “is that we are continuing to do what we’ve always done best: serving our customers and staying on top of technology.”

He said the company plans to commercially launch their LTE service this year, something that has been in the works for some time.

To celebrate 100 years of service to the community, Union planned a commemorative dinner party Jan. 28, in Evanston and one in Cheyenne tomorrow. Other plans included live radio remotes at Union’s 13 retail store locations tomorrow. Free food and beverages will be served during the events, which are open to the public.

For the complete article see the 01-31-2014 issue.

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