MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AMERICA COMPLETES ADD-ON ACQUISITION OF HUNTSVILLE’S SHARP COMMUNICATION & SECURITY SOLUTIONS
WJ Partners-Backed Strategic Acquisition Adds Avigilon Security Expertise and Expands MCA Presence to Northern Alabama
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.– (Oct. 22, 2018) – Mobile Communications America (MCA), a leading provider of communications solutions and services for mission critical, commercial, and industrial markets, today announced the add-on acquisition of Sharp Communication & Security Solutions, a Huntsville, Alabama-based provider of two-way communications and advanced video surveillance solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Serving the Huntsville area since 1979, Sharp Communication is a Motorola Solutions dealer with years of expertise selling and servicing Avigilon security products. Avigilon is a high-end security solutions company that designs, develops and manufactures video analytics, network video software and hardware, surveillance cameras and access control solutions that is increasingly bundled with communications solutions.
“As a complement to our existing video surveillance solutions, the acquisition of Sharp Communication provides MCA a true center of excellence for the deployment of Avigilon products and services,” said Vince Foody of MCA. “Sharp Communication’s sales and technical expertise will help us expedite the availability of Avigilon to our customers and leverage such high-tech offerings as high-definition video, facial recognition, advanced access controls and video analytics. This will be a high-growth area for MCA for many years and positions our platform at the nexus of voice, video and data solutions; we are very excited about this strategic enhancement to our platform.”
MCA is a portfolio company of WJ Partners, a Spartanburg, South Carolina-based private investment firm focused on growing lower-middle market companies. WJ Partners acquired MCA in 2013 and has now completed 15 add-on acquisitions to broaden the company’s geographic reach and service offerings. Sharp’s three locations bring MCA’s roster of locations to 40 across seven states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
“These three new locations in Northern Alabama are important as they expand our presence geographically in a contiguous fashion and leverage access to our existing MCA footprint and breadth of technical resources and capabilities,” said MCA’s Foody. MCA’s presence in Dothan, Alabama, is currently its only other location in the state.
The acquisition of Sharp Communication is the sixth MCA add-on acquisition in the past 16 months including Gately Communications Co. of Hampton, Virginia; Myrtle Beach Communications of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Amerizon Wireless of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Communications Specialists Inc. of Columbia, South Carolina; and Communications & Electronics Inc., which has locations in Dalton, Georgia, as well as Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee.
First Tennessee Bank provided the debt capital for WJ Partners to complete the acquisition.
ABOUT WJ PARTNERS
Founded in 2008, WJ Partners is a private investment firm focused on building lower-middle market companies in the consumer, specialty finance, and industrial and business services sectors. WJ Partners takes a long-term approach to investing due its permanent capital source. The firm’s mission is to create value by providing financial, strategic and management resources to capture growth opportunities and operational efficiencies. WJ Partners’ team has an extensive track record investing in and building multi-unit companies over the past 30 years, including such organizations as Pure Barre, Blockbuster Video, Extended Stay America and Eggs Up Grill.
ABOUT MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AMERICA
Mobile Communications America (MCA) is the leading provider of lifecycle communication solutions that enhance safety, security, and operating efficiency. MCA designs, deploys, and manages the complete communication solutions lifecycle for government agencies, public safety organizations, first responders, military, public services, utilities and manufacturers.
ABOUT SHARP COMMUNICATION & SECURITY SOLUTIONS
Sharp Communication & Security Solutions is a provider of mission-critical two-way communications, video surveillance and security solutions and vehicle upfitting capabilities serving the greater Huntsville, Alabama, area. Sharp Communication services first responders, military and government agencies, schools and commercial businesses through the design and implementation of communication and security solutions.