Ménage was founded in 1992 to design, manufacture, and market
Home Automation equipment. Our first product was UCIX, a high-end
whole-house controller. When it came time to market UCIX, it became
clear that there were few reasonable marketing channels.
What marketing channels there were could be divided into two classes:
Catalog sales to "techno-freaks" (a term used endearingly; we is one.)
and "off-the-peg" sales in chain stores such as Radio Shack, where
the sales staff rarely understood the even the fundamentals of the products.
Clearly, selling high-end whole-house controllers via either one of
these marketing channels was not a viable business.
Finding no other
marketing channels, yet seeing a
definite need for more (
needed one, didn't we?), we created
the countries first (to our knowledge) full-blown Home Automation
Ménage Automation, Inc.
We called this retail store, where the customer can see all the
products in action, HomeTech Solutions. Founded in 1994, HomeTech
was an instant success. We marketed in several different directions,
retail to "walk-in" customers, mail-order (mostly to Northern California,
Washington, and Oregon), and wholesale to electrical contractors and
Our claim to fame is fast and
and time again, customers told us that we were the only place that
actually understood the products! We help people design solutions to
their specific needs, explain in detail the installation, and even
(if necessary) help troubleshoot any problems.
Our volume quickly grew to the point that we became a master
distributor for X-10 Powerhouse and Leviton equipment.
This gave us the leverage to create a dealer network.
As our dealer network grew, we needed to separate the wholesale side
of the business from the retail side, thus was born HomeTech
Distribution. The youngest in the family, HTD is focusing on the
specific needs of contractors and dealers. Understanding, selling,
and installing Home Automation products isn't terribly hard, but it
than pure electrical and security system sales
HomeTech Distribution provides the expertise, product, and
technical know-how necessary for a successful business.
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