PBE Group Company History
Pyott-Boone Electronics was established in March of 1971 by Frank Pyott and Roger Boone to supply the U.S. coal mining industry with the most technologically advanced communication and monitoring systems available. Starting with just a handful of people we have grown to employ over 225 full and part time personnel around the world.
In April 2011, Pyott-Boone Electronics was acquired by Prairie Capital and Vierville Capital with the intention of helping Pyott-Boone Electronics grow into the world leader in mine safety and productivity.
In March of 2012, Pyott-Boone Electronics acquired the Australian company Minecom who had 20 years of underground communications experience.
In February 2013, Mine Radio Systems Inc (MRS) was acquired; another global leader in communications with sales and service in over 30 countries.
The acquisitions expanded the company's product suite and global reach. Minecom and MRS complement PBE’s strategy of bringing mine safety and productivity systems to mines all over the world. Following the acquisition, the combined company was named The PBE Group with separate divisions in mining, tunneling and contract manufacturing.
The PBE spider story
The PBE Group has developed distinctive brand that is recognized by the spider logo.
The PBE Group "spider" was a marketing gimmick at the 1976 International Coal Show in Detroit, Michigan. The spider was chosen because of the many "legs" of monitoring and communications working together for the good of all. A spider was painted in the bucket of a scoop manufactured by our sister company, Pyott-Boone Manufacturing. "Find The Spider" stickers were placed around the convention center encouraging people to visit our booth. There were 10,000 stickers made.
In the late 70's and early 80's, collecting hardhat stickers became popular in the coalfields. People who were familiar with the "Find The Spider" sticker began to realize how few were still available, however, Pyott-Boone never duplicated the sticker. It was so popular that "counterfeit" stickers were produced of later versions portraying them as the "original." Big bucks were offered to individuals who had an authentic original.
The PBE Group continues to use the spider on its logo and is used on hardhat stickers, technical bulletins, products labels and other marketing campaigns.