July 30, 2007, Microwave Radio Communications today announced its US parent company, Vislink Holdings Inc has acquired Focus Communications, Inc, trading as Western Technical Services (WTS).
WTS, based in Orange County, California, specializes in the design and installation of video and data microwave communications, Electronic News Gathering (ENG), Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE), cellular and PCS, satellite, video surveillance, fiber optics and site control systems. WTS has been a Value Added Reseller (VAR) representing Microwave Radio Communications since its formation in 1990. WTS currently employs circa 20 people. The founders and management team are all remaining to expand the business substantially following the acquisition.
“Western Technical Services is excited about joining the Vislink family”, stated Christopher Gibbons, President of Western Technical Services. “This acquisition will allow WTS to provide greater service for our valued customers. Our new family of companies creates an exciting opportunity to provide a level of service never before offered in our industry, and unmatched by our competitors. Furthermore, customer‘s choosing MRC products for their BAS relocation will have the added confidence of knowing they will have a strong cohesive team with them for the entire transition. The combined market strengths of WTS and our new sister companies will provide customers with a powerful range of microwave, satellite and wireless solutions and support. We look forward to the great opportunities ahead.”
A key part of the Group‘s strategy is to create incremental long-term recurring revenue opportunities by building a US Technical Services business through both organic and acquisition led growth. The acquisition of WTS will enhance service revenues from both the domestic US BAS relocation project and the Defense, Law Enforcement and Security markets as well as providing recurring revenues as the broadcast market moves towards contracted out services.
Commenting on the acquisition, Ian Scott-Gall, Chief Executive of Vislink plc said, “WTS is an excellent strategic addition to our US business. The acquisition will accelerate our move into the US Technical Services market to provide recurring revenues and long-term growth opportunities. We are delighted to welcome WTS and all its employees to the Group”
About Vislink plc- Vislink plc is a leading supplier of microwave radio and satellite transmission products for the broadcast and security markets and of CCTV systems for the marine security market. The Group‘s website is www.vislink.com
About Microwave Radio Communications- MRC has played a critical role in supplying systems for television broadcasting, government, law enforcement, emergency services, satellite and telecommunications worldwide for over forty years. MRC provides the Next Generation of Workflow Solutions to facilitate microwave connectivity in support of distribution and contribution applications utilizing the latest enhanced transmission products and technologies. The latest MRC Workflow Solutions support the migration to HD, IP and diversity applications. From the most basic system design to the most complex integrated system, MRC is “the” solution provider for video microwave communications. MRC is an independent operating division of Vislink plc.