The Pioneering Spirit is Alive and Well

Today, you can buy home audio and video online from your couch. You can order home automation from your smartphone while sitting in your truck. And, you can buy from any number of distributors throughout the U.S. without ever talking to a single human being. That’s not how it was back in 1869 when Pioneer Music Company (PMC) first opened its doors, and it’s still not. Now on our sixth generation of face-to-face business, the pioneering spirit on which PMC was founded is alive and well.

Six generations later and you can buy online from our comprehensive website of more than 15,000 products. But when you want a face and a name to go along with that online or in-store purchase, nobody does that better than us.

Come by any of our wholesale showrooms throughout the Midwest and see why our selection, price and product knowledge are second to none. Our history goes farther back than Victrolas, the first radios, Philco televisions, and even before the first long-distance electric transmission power line was completed. All that history and knowledge means you have the smartest sales and support team at your fingertips. After all, we’ve been conducting business face-to-face for nearly 150 years.

1880s - 1900

Frank, J.R.’s son, takes over. He incorporates the business, renaming it Pioneer Hardware & Implement Store.

1869

James Reynold (J.R.) Haight buys Meyer Implement Co. in Burlington, KS.

1920 - 1930s

Business booms in the early Roaring Twenties, and Frank changes the company name to Pioneer Hardware & Music Store.

By the 30s, Frank’s son, Clarence sells $300 pianos for $10 to survive. Frank’s son, Paul “Big Paul” takes over the Burlington operation and we endure The Great Depression.

1901 - 1920

A visionary, Frank moves the store into music and opens Chanute, KS location selling more household goods and luxury items, like Victrolas, than implements.

1950s -
The Late 1970s

The economy is in a post-war boom and PMC’s buying power is immense. Jack (4th generation) now runs the Chanute location and loads up his truck with TVs to sell to smaller southeast Kansas selling to dealers.

Demand for under dash car stereos and citizens band (CB) radios explodes, and Jack’s son, Mark, joins the business, selling Craig, Jensen, and Sanyo in eastern KS and western MO.

Big box stores start to cut into our retail business and Pioneer Music Company is formed as an official wholesale distribution company in 1979.

1940s

Big Paul survives two beach landings in the Pacific during WWII and returns to the Burlington store.

Frank signs on to sell Philco TVs in 1945.

Pioneer Hardware & Implement Store opens its first checking account with Bank of Commerce. Our check numbers now run in the 199,000s.

The 1990s

Consumers begin moving away from in-store purchases. Installers begin forming their own businesses, starting the first waves of Custom Integration.

1980s

Jack’s youngest son Dan joins the business as a road salesman, where he spent the next 11 years building and developing the wholesale territory outside of southeast Kansas.

2000s

Custom installers gain market share across the nation. We adopt the Just in Time model, adding product lines specific to Custom Integration to our portfolio. A Kansas City warehouse is leased in 2005 to cater to customers’ needs as inventory and same-day delivery becomes key.

2010 - Today

Dan’s son and sixth generation member, Alec, graduates business school and joins the company. PMC opens a second Just In Time warehouse in Omaha, Nebraska, a third in St. Louis, Missouri, and a fourth in Des Moines, Iowa.

We release our new website giving the customer transparency on everything from inventory levels to bill paying.

1869

James Reynold (J.R.) Haight buys Meyer Implement Co. in Burlington, KS.

1880s - 1900

Frank, J.R.’s son, takes over. He incorporates the business, renaming it Pioneer Hardware & Implement Store.

1901 - 1920

A visionary, Frank moves the store into music and opens Chanute, KS location selling more household goods and luxury items, like Victrolas, than implements.

1920 - 1930s

Business booms in the early Roaring Twenties, and Frank changes the company name to Pioneer Hardware & Music Store.

By the 30s, Frank’s son, Clarence sells $300 pianos for $10 to survive. Frank’s son, Paul “Big Paul” takes over the Burlington operation and we endure The Great Depression.

1940s

Big Paul survives two beach landings in the Pacific during WWII and returns to the Burlington store.

Frank signs on to sell Philco TVs in 1945.

Pioneer Hardware & Implement Store opens its first checking account with Bank of Commerce. Our check numbers now run in the 199,000s.

1950s -
The Late 1970s

The economy is in a post-war boom and PMC’s buying power is immense. Jack (4th generation) now runs the Chanute location and loads up his truck with TVs to sell to smaller southeast Kansas selling to dealers.

Demand for under dash car stereos and citizens band (CB) radios explodes, and Jack’s son, Mark, joins the business, selling Craig, Jensen, and Sanyo in eastern KS and western MO.

Big box stores start to cut in to our retail business and Pioneer Music Company is formed as an official wholesale distribution company in 1979.

1980s

Jack’s youngest son Dan joins the business as a road salesman, where he spent the next 11 years building and developing the wholesale territory outside of southeast Kansas.

The 1990s

Consumers begin moving away from in-store purchases. Installers begin forming their own businesses, starting the first waves of Custom Integration.

2000s

Custom installers gain market share across the nation. We adopt the Just in Time model, adding product lines specific to Custom Integration to our portfolio. A Kansas City warehouse is leased in 2005 to cater to customers’ needs as inventory and same-day delivery becomes key.

2010 - Today

Dan’s son and sixth generation member, Alec, graduates business school and joins the company. PMC opens a second Just In Time warehouse in Omaha, Nebraska, a third in St. Louis, Missouri, and a fourth in Des Moines, Iowa.

We release our new website giving the customer transparency on everything from inventory levels to bill paying.

Call us anytime at (913) 227-0471

Kansas City
14915 West 106th Street
Lenexa, Ks 66215
913.227.0471
St. Louis
17997 Chesterfield Airport Rd
Chesterfield, Mo 63005
314.366.4420
Omaha
14535 Grover St.
Omaha, Ne 68144
402.850.2200
Des Moines
2100 SE Grimes Dr Suite 225
Grimes, Ia 50111
515.393.6020

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