Liberty AV Solutions, a division of WESCO Distribution, Inc. acquired Middleton, Wisconsin-based Intelix, a manufacturer of AV components and software. The move follows a successful conclusion to negotiations between Intelix and WESCO Distribution, Inc.—Liberty’s parent company—to acquire Intelix outright for an undisclosed sum. Liberty joined WESCO in 2006 as part of WESCO’s acquisition of Communications Supply Corporation, of which Liberty is a subsidiary.
Liberty is an audio/visual (AV) supplier of solutions-based products ranging from bulk wire and cable to equipment enclosures and mounts to power distribution products and much more.
“Intelix has built a fine reputation among AV professionals over the last decade,” John Dace, who leads the Liberty operation within WESCO, remarked following news of the WESCO acquisition. “The company will enable the analog-to-digital transition. Its latest generation of products promise to make the shift to HDMI easier, reliable and more profitable.”
Liberty will bring the full support and service of an efficient and highly organized global sales force to the task of bringing the entire Intelix catalog to market. Intelix, in turn, will continue to do what it does best: Researching and developing products that deliver real value and reliability in a rapidly changing market.
“We are a research and development company first,” says Intelix founder Steve Cohan, who will stay on to guide operations at the company he founded. “We’ll continue to delve deeply into discovering what it takes to make HDMI products work more efficiently. As it has been from the beginning, our goal is to help system designers and integrators adapt to today’s realities as quickly as possible and in a pain-free environment.”
While there is something for virtually any application to be found within the Intelix catalog ranging from traditional matrix mixers to analog-to-digital converters, the fastest growing segment among the company’s product groups is HDMI. The company manufactures an extensive line of HDMI-over-coax extenders, distribution amplifiers, scalers, converters, matrix switchers, room combiners, and multi-zone paging systems. It also currently offers the broadest line of AV-over-twisted-pair extenders, including solutions for multiple formats of audio and video, VGA, DVI, HDMI, USB, and PS2.
WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating (“MRO”) and original equipment manufacturers (“OEM”) products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services. 2010 annual sales were approximately $5.1 billion. The Company employs approximately 6,800 people, maintains relationships with over 17,000 suppliers, and serves over 100,000 customers worldwide. Customers include industrial and commercial businesses, contractors, governmental agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates seven fully automated distribution centers and over 400 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.