Alamon Telco was established in 1975 as an installer of telecommunications equipment, but the company story began two decades earlier with a chance conversation in a Jud, North Dakota, restaurant.
A young telephone installer from Automatic Electric Co. convinced Frank Gebhardt that a career in the telephone world was more exciting than farm life. So Frank joined the world of the full-time employed, enjoying the perks of regular lunches and coffee breaks. But more importantly, he received training on the cutting edge of technology and the chance to travel throughout the United States.
In 1975, Frank and Peg established Alamon Telco, Inc. in Kalispell. The name of the company honors their roots in both Alaska and Montana.
As his knowledge and skill set grew, Frank saw innumerable opportunities in the emerging telecom world. He showed his creative business sense by forming a small contracting company after seeing the need for temporary skilled labor to install telecommunications equipment.
The fledgling company was a weekend proposition at first, with Frank continuing his weekday employment as a telecom technician. He was so dedicated to the new venture that he found himself flying off to the Alaskan wilderness from Fairbanks on Friday nights to work on a contract, only to fly back to the city before work started up again on Monday mornings. Those were often sleepless weekends.
In 1966, Strowger Automatic Toll Ticketing (SATT) equipment became available, so Frank and his wife, Peg, moved to Kalispell, Montana, to work with the new technology. It allowed phone offices to upgrade and more efficiently handle an increase in telephone traffic.