Level 3 acquires Audio Visual Resources (AVR)

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Level 3 Audio Visual, LLC, a full-service AV integration and education organization located in Mesa, Arizona announces today the acquisition of Audio Visual Resources, Inc. (AVR) located in Mineola, NY. The acquisition combines one of the nation’s top integration firms with the industry leader in system testing and verification and the only firm ever to […]

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GN Audio Acquires Altia Systems

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Today, GN Audio has signed an agreement to acquire Altia Systems Inc. (“Altia Systems”). Altia Systems, based in Cupertino, California (USA), is the maker of the PanaCast camera systems used in UCC applications. This market is expected to grow significantly from a currently low penetration rate fueled by easy to use (plug and play), integrated […]

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Bose Corporation Buys Cloud-Based Service ZiipRoom

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Today, Bose announced the acquisition of ZiipRoom, a developer of productivity and connectivity software for meeting rooms, conferences and devices. ZiipRoom will integrate into Bose Professional, the dedicated group within the company that focuses on the needs of professional audio designers, consultants and system integrators. The announcement was made by Akira Mochimaru, general manager for […]

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Biamp Acquires Cambridge Sound Management

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Biamp, a supplier of professional audio and video solutions based in Beaverton, Ore., today announced the acquisition of Cambridge Sound Management (CSM) from Gladstone Investment Corp. Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, CSM is a leader in the fast-growing sound masking market. CSM provides direct and in-plenum sound masking solutions and is a frequently installed sound masking […]

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Top AV and Collaboration Predictions for 2019

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2018 has been an interesting and eventful year in the AV and collaboration industries.  We’ve seen a number of mergers and acquisitions, rebranding of products, new players big and small entering the market and an avalanche of new products. So what does 2019 have in store for us? I don’t have a crystal ball, but […]

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DPA Microphones Sells to RCF

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The Riverside Company has signed a definitive agreement to sell DPA Microphones (DPA) to RCF Group (RCF). During Riverside’s investment, DPA’s sales and EBITDA nearly doubled while its product portfolio and distribution network grew significantly, according to DPA. “Together with the DPA team, we were able to achieve all of our goals for this investment,” […]

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SnapAV Re-Focuses on Distributor World By Buying Volutone

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SnapAV acquired Volutone this week. Volutone adds seven branch locations — six in California and one in Las Vegas (and also serving Hawaii). SnapAV entered the home-tech marketplace 12-years ago counting on an eCommerce platform to be the differentiator. It worked. SnapAV started out selling cables, connectors, furniture and video projection screens but eventually started […]

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STRATACACHE Announces Acquisition of Integration Company Sys-Teams

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STRATACACHE has announced the acquisition of Sys-Teams, a UK-based integration company. With this acquisition, led by STRATACACHE Capital Managing Partner Dirk Huelsermann, STRATACACHE is positioning itself as a global solution and service delivery company, adding the 35-person Sys-Team team of technicians, engineers and installers to the current 750 employees STRATACACHE already has. Sys-Teams has focused […]

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AVI-SPL Buys Interactive Solutions, Inc.

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AVI-SPL has just purchased Tennessee-based Interactive Solutions, Inc. (ISI) and its employees have officially joined AVI-SPL, effective Nov. 1, 2018. ISI is headquartered in Memphis, with another office in Nashville, and began serving customers in 1996. Over the years, the ISI team has focused on the customer experience and a cultural commitment to supporting client business needs throughout a […]

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Videxio and Pexip to Merge

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Two companies in the enterprise collaboration market, Videxio and Pexip, today announced their intention to merge. Videxio, founded in 2011, is a provider of cloud videoconferencing and collaboration with solutions that fit companies and organizations of all sizes, from start-ups to enterprises. Pexip, founded in 2012, provides a software-based meeting platform that is designed for […]

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Kingswood, Owner of AVAD, Buys WAVE Electronics and Will Enter ProAV Distribution Market Too

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Kingswood Capital Management (a private equity firm) announced today that it has acquired Houston, Tex.-based WAVE Electronics and will merge WAVE with its portfolio company, AVAD — you may recall that Kingswood purchased AVAD from Ingram Micro back in July 2016. Kingswood says that this will create the largest distributor of AV, security and home […]

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Parent Company of Magenta Research and tvONE Buys Media Server Company Green Hippo

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Spitfire Creative Technologies, the parent company of Magenta Research and tvONE, has purchased Green Hippo, a developer and manufacturer of media servers and digital display products with offices in the UK and the U.S. Spitfire also owns tvONE and Magenta Research, manufacturers of video processing and signal distribution products. “Green Hippo and tvONE each have […]

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EAW Sells to RCF Group

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LOUD Audio, LLC today announced that it has sold the EAW business from its portfolio of pro audio and MI businesses to the Italian pro-audio company RCF Group. This is the third and final divestiture by Transom aimed at allowing LOUD to narrow its focus to the Mackie brand and deliver the best possible products […]

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Good Competition, The CEDIA Conundrum and Julie

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Every business owner in every company hopes, especially when they invent or pioneer something unique, that their competition will be good. Bad competition tends to shred an industry and can lead to its eventual demise. For example, I have many friends that own AV integration firms — they love the good competition and loathe the […]

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Almo Will Dominate Digital Signage Content Creation with Acquisition of Insteo, Inc.

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Almo Professional AV announced it has acquired certain assets of Insteo, Inc., a specialized digital signage content and creative company that programs and designs content for digital signage, then provides tools to manage the day-to-day changes in the cloud. As part of the acquisition, the Almo content creation team is being led by Jim Nista,  […]

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DCC Tech Acquires Stampede – Mark Wilkins Retires a Rich Man

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Stampede today announced that it has been acquired by the technology division of DCC plc, a £14.3 billion revenue, London Stock Exchange listed (LSE) international sales, marketing and support services group that employs 11,000 people in four divisions operating in 17 countries. Who the heck is DCC? DCC is a leading international sales, marketing and support services group that operates through four divisions: […]

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Diversified Buys UK-Based Digitavia

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Diversified has announced the acquisition of UK-based Digitavia. Diversified Founder and CEO Fred D’Alessandro said, “In today’s global economy, overseas expansion is a necessary step in continuing our strategic plan and success. Having successfully partnered with the Digitavia team on multiple projects in the past, the decision to combine our companies and bring them into […]

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Vogel’s Buys SmartMetals

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Vogel’s just announced its intention to take a majority ownership stake in SmartMetals Mounting Solutions. SmartMetals is a well-known European-based manufacturer of floor, wall and ceiling mounting solutions for projectors, displays and whiteboards. With this majority interest, Vogel’s wants to position itself even more as a specialist in AV product solutions. It is strengthening its […]

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Leyard and Planar Complete Acquisition of eyevis

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Today Leyard and Planar announced that they have completed the acquisition of eyevis, which includes the company Teracue. In line with the announcement earlier in April, Leyard and Planar have completed the acquisition process. Through this geographic expansion, the companies will better serve customers in EMEA with combined marketing, sales, installation support and customer service. “We are pleased to welcome eyevis and Teracue […]

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Leon Speakers Buys Outdoor Speaker Specialist Terra Speakers

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Today Leon Speakers announced that it has acquired Terra Speakers, Maine-based manufacturer of rugged, all-weather speakers. Leon and Terra have a long history of working together. Terra’s All Climate FIVE line of all-weather loudspeakers was designed in partnership with Kaplan, and Leon’s Boundary Series outdoor speakers are made with drivers manufactured by Terra at its […]

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Lutron Electronics Acquires Ketra, Smart Lighting and Controls

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Lutron Electronics has signed an agreement to acquire Ketra, whose Natural Light solutions provide the highest-quality light — light that seamlessly emulates daylight in interior spaces. Founded in 2009 in Austin, Texas, Ketra offers lighting and control solutions that deliver beautiful, customizable light in residential and commercial environments. Ketra’s selection of light sources creates high-quality white, pastels and saturated colors, which enhance the look of […]

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Leyard and Planar Acquire eyevis

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Today Leyard and Planar announced the intent to acquire eyevis, a manufacturer of visual display solutions. Through this geographic expansion, the companies will better serve customers in EMEA with combined marketing, sales, installation support and customer service. eyevis, a German manufacturer of large screen systems, is a provider and integrator of visualization systems for professional applications in control rooms, broadcast, virtual reality […]

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Did Plantronics Bail Out Polycom or Is This Perfect Timing?

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As the rest of the advertiser-supported AV press just reprints the Polycom or Plantronics press releases, we’re going to call it how we see it — with the truth about this “acquisition.” Yes, Plantronics is taking control of Polycom — a history-making videoconferencing company that all but invented the space — for what amounts to $2.0 billion in enterprise […]

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STRATACACHE Buys X2O Media From Barco

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Barco announced the sale of Montréal-based X2O Media to STRATACACHE. STRATACACHE will offer an enhanced focus and new growth opportunities for X2O. After its acquisition in 2014, X2O became part of Barco’s Enterprise division, which focuses on solutions for meeting and control rooms. Over the years, X2O secured top tier customers including John Deere, Verizon, FoxNews and Accenture. All customer agreements will […]

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Why AVI Systems Purchased Magenium Solutions

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AVI Systems announced today that it has acquired Magenium Solutions, a Chicago-based technology services provider that brings vast expertise in Microsoft competencies to hundreds of companies nationwide. Magenium Solutions: Now “Powered By AVI” Commenting on Magenium’s future as a company “Powered By AVI,” Tim Traxinger, managing director and co-founder of Magenium Solutions, said, “This is a union of kindred companies. As a 100 percent ESOP organization, AVI […]

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BlueDog Data Services Merges with Audio Design, Inc.

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BlueDog Data Services, a provider of data management services supporting the tools, processes and standards necessary for integrators to compete, grow and remain profitable, announces a merger with Audio Design, Inc., a provider of outsourced system design and documentation, to form the BlueDog Group. The companies combine to offer a more comprehensive suite of design (proposals), project documentation (drawings), […]

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Unified AV Systems Acquires Xzact Technologies

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Unified AV Systems announced today the completion of the acquisition of Xzact Technologies and plans to merge the operations of Xzact Technologies into the company effective Jan. 1, 2018. Unified AV Systems (UAVS) is an Atlanta, GA-based company providing design, engineering, installation, and maintenance services for Audio Visual & Video communication systems to corporate, education, […]

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Williams Sound Buys Pointmaker

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Williams Sound today announced that it has acquired Pointmaker, part of a new strategy to expand the Williams Sound product footprint beyond its traditional audio end markets. Pointmaker is a leading provider of hardware and software for video annotation technology and will serve as a platform through which Williams Sound will develop new products to […]

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Canadian AV Integration Company Genesis Integration Buys Audability

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Canadian AV and collaboration company Genesis Integration Inc. has acquired Audability Inc., including its Sono Video offices in Quebec, as of Oct. 16, 2017. This gives Genesis Integration 10 location across Canada. “This is all about synergy, with both Genesis and Audability bringing different skillsets and experiences. This will propel us forward to become a much […]

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AVI Systems Acquires Dascom Systems Group

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AVI Systems announced its plans to acquire Dascom Systems Group, a full-service integrator of IPTV services, including IP networking, video, applications and integration. AVI Systems will operate the company as Dascom Systems Group from its Saint Paul, Minnesota location, and will retain all employees. “We have been interested in Dascom for many years,” says AVI […]

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Coretronic Acquires British Image Processing Company Calibre

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Coretronic of Taiwan, one of the largest projector manufacturers in the world, has completed the acquisition of Calibre, a privately held British image processing technology manufacturer based in Bradford, Yorkshire, UK. The acquisition of Calibre expands Coretronic’s technology capability by the addition of Calibre’s range of HQUltra image processing technology and in-house R&D capabilities. Coretronic […]

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