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McCord Communications

Two-way radio dealer in Anniston closes doors after nearly 70 years

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McCord Communications

McCord Communications on Noble Street in Anniston. The business has closed. Photo by Bill Wilson / The Anniston Star

A local business that once received millions from the federal government to set up a countywide radio system for first responders has closed its doors, the company’s chief executive officer said Saturday.

McCord Communications began selling personal radios in 1947, and by 1966, had transitioned to selling and maintaining two-way radios used by police, fire and emergency medical agencies. In the 1990s, McCord was chosen to help implement and maintain a $16 million radio system in Calhoun County. The network would allow personnel with those public safety agencies to quickly coordinate an evacuation in the event of a release of chemical weapons stored and later destroyed at the Anniston Army Depot.

Staff writer Zach Tyler: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @ZTyler_Star.