First in the United States and always leading the way

In 1924, Mel Foster began operations.  Since that time, we have seen the birth of new technologies, witnessed the evolution of component systems and embraced the emergence of the digital platforms. Today, we are one of the most respected technology manufacturer representatives in the United States. We have global partnerships with leading semiconductor, passive device and embedded system manufacturers and distributors. Our team of sales representatives and field engineers possess unparalleled experience, skill and expertise.

We are 100% employee owned, headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and operate in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.    Everyone in our company is invested in our success. We stay on the leading edge of the technology market through continuing education, industry forums and our own thirst for leadership.  Thousands of customers rely on our exceptional ability to deliver technology solutions and our reputation speaks volumes in our region and across the nation.  Contact Mel Foster.

Since 1924

1924

Company Founded by Melville E. Foster as a “radio parts jobber”

1926

Melville Foster invents a one-tube radio – a revolutionary invention at the time

1949

Melville Foster invents and patents the “Rollfax”, a shelf fixture used to keep product data organized and accessible

1966

Mel’s son Gene Foster assumes role of President and General Manager of the Mel Foster Company, Mel becomes Chairman of the Board of Directors

1968

Mel Foster Company one of the first Electronics Reps in the country to designate a full time distribution manager

1980

Company Founder, Mel Foster, dies at the age of 80

1982

Mel Foster Company one of the first Electronics Reps in the country to staff a full-time Field Applications Engineer

1995

Gene Foster retires and the company becomes an ESOP. Lanny Barness assumes role of President at Mel Foster

1996

Mel Foster Company one of the first Electronics Reps in the country to establish a website

2000

Mel Foster Company becomes 100% employee owned

2001

Mel Foster Company acquires Rep Associates to establish an office presence in the Iowa market

2003

Lanny Barness retires and Mike Swenson assumes role of President at Mel Foster

2006

Mel Foster Company establishes its Systems and Solutions Group to focus on delivering board and system level solutions to its customers – one of the first reps in the country to do so

2007

Mel Foster Company partners with Spectrum Sales in MS and KS markets to create Midwest Sales Alliance

2010

Mel Foster and EAS Sales enter into a sub-rep agreement to represent International Rectifier in the Eastern Wisconsin/Illinois market place. Mel Foster and EAS subsequently merge and officially come together on September 1, 2010 , increasing the Mel Foster coverage area to seven states.

2015

Mel Foster acquires Eagle Technical Sales in the IL market, effectively increasing their overall presence in that market place.