Micro Systems Development, Inc. was founded in 1990 by John Butler following the repair of a skip timer from a now-defunct company. Jack (John Butler) began developing new products, many of which were purchased by the U.S. Military for use in overseas operations where roadways and runways were needed very quickly. Word spread of the reliability and durability of MSDI’s equipment, and the company grew from there.
Jack handled design and the business aspects, while his wife Lou (1939-2012) built the equipment and handled customer interaction. Other employees were brought in when needed. Things became difficult to manage when Lou was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and required increasing amounts of care. Jack was truly a devoted husband, hiring assistance with MSDI and doing design work from home so he could be close to Lou.
The disease took its inevitable toll on Lou. Combined with Jack’s hearing and mobility issues, the company became difficult to manage.
Jack recently accepted an offer from Skip-Line, Inc. to purchase MSDI’s assets. Jack says this is a welcome opportunity, and he would like his customers to know that he has confidence in the Skip-Line staff to take care of MSDI’s valued customers.
Jack’s contributions have made a significant impact on the road marking industry. Skip-Line salutes Jack Butler – a fellow pioneer in electronic road marking controls. We are honored to be trusted with his legacy.