Signaling Change: MFJ Enterprises Announces Closure of Starkville Manufacturing Site as Founder Retires

MFJ Enterprises founder Martin F. Jue announced the cessation of on-site production at their Mississippi facility and his retirement, signaling the end of an era for the renowned amateur radio equipment manufacturer.

Ham Radar

5/4/20241 min read

Martin F. Jue, K5FLU, the pioneering founder of MFJ Enterprises, Inc., declared that starting from May 17, 2024, the Starkville, Mississippi production facility will halt operations. The cessation will impact various product lines under the MFJ umbrella including Ameritron, Hy-Gain, Cushcraft, Mirage, and Vectronics.

Jue, who recently turned 80, conveyed his plans for retirement through a public statement on a social media platform. Reflecting on the origins and evolution of his business, Jue noted that the landscape for businesses had transformed drastically. He highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic was particularly challenging, causing disruptions that the company struggled to overcome. “The pandemic was a severe blow from which we never fully bounced back,” Jue remarked.

Established in 1972 with the launch of a CW filter kit priced under $10, MFJ Enterprises grew to encompass multiple legacy brands in the amateur radio sector by 1990. Despite ceasing production, Jue assured that the company would continue to operate by selling its substantial existing inventory and maintaining its repair services.

Jue took the opportunity to express his gratitude toward the dedicated employees of MFJ, noting the decades-long service of many. Additionally, he acknowledged the support from dealers and the amateur radio community which were instrumental in MFJ’s success over the years.

Furthermore, in a heartfelt acknowledgment to the amateur radio community, Jue extended a special thanks to ARRL members and the readers of QST. Recounting his early days, Jue shared a personal anecdote about his formative experiences with the amateur radio publications, which were foundational in his journey. “The 1958 QSTs were my textbooks, and their lessons steered me toward founding what would become a leader in the global ham radio market,” Jue stated. As he steps into retirement, he expressed profound gratitude for the support over five decades that helped elevate MFJ to its esteemed position in the industry.

MFJ Enterprises has been a significant contributor to the amateur radio community, not just through products but also by fostering a strong sense of community and innovation among radio enthusiasts worldwide.