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Novi, MI—ENCO says it has acquired RUSHWORKS, a supplier of professional production, playback, streaming and robotics for the broadcast and professional AV markets. ENCO will retain the entire RUSHWORKS staff and has opened a new office in a brand-new facility in Highland Village, Texas. RUSHWORKS founder Rush Beesley will continue to lead sales and marketing for the RUSHWORKS product line and ENCO’s automated captioning and translation services into existing RUSHWORKS products.

"ENCO is the global leader in real-time captioning with its patented enCaption technology,” said Beesley. “The integration of its powerful, highly accurate captioning engine with our broadcast automation, integrated PTZ production, and courtroom production and streaming systems will ensure our mutual customers can comply with government regulations and provide critical captioning, transcription and translation services to audiences worldwide.”

Beesley says the merger of ENCO and RUSHWORKS will help the combined company respond to broadcasters’ needs for new production and delivery models, while adding that AV integrators and tech managers are seeking more “powerfully simple” integrated hardware and software solutions that simplify operations inside schools, courtrooms, municipalities and other AV environments.

"In broadcast, over-the-air and cable access TV systems are rapidly converging with OTT models, while radio stations are adding local production tools to support video podcasting and visual radio content,” said Beesley. “On the AV side, our customers now place greater emphasis on building complementary technologies into their workflows that edge closer to complete systems. Our integrated video production systems, specialty robotic production products, and streaming solutions perfectly complement ENCO’s proven live and automated captioning and production systems for these markets worldwide.”

Ken Frommert, President of ENCO, said that RUSHWORKS’s innovations bring a new capacity to ENCO’s product line that further distinguishes the company from competitors. Customers will also benefit from having a single source for technical support across all products and integrated ENCO and RUSHWORKS solutions moving forward.

“The acquisition of RUSHWORKS adds proven technology and talent that opens the door for us to innovate and develop cohesive, integrated broadcast and AV solutions for years to come,” said Frommert. “They also bring strong expertise in video applications, which diversifies our software portfolio to serve a much broader array of business verticals and applications.”

ENCO will formally introduce the RUSHWORKS product line as an ENCO brand at the upcoming ISE 2023 show (Jan. 31-Feb. 3, Fira Barcelona Gran Via, Stand CS544) and the 2023 NAB Show (April 16-19, Booth N5625). 

Tom Butts

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched digitalbroadcasting.com for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Tech (www.tvtech.com), the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.