South Western Communications Announces Acquisition of All Systems

Critical communications integrator SWC purchases All Systems and expands its footprint to the Kansas and Missouri markets.

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South Western Communications Announces Acquisition of All Systems

All Systems VP David Govro (left), All Systems founder Gary Venable, Sr. (center), and SWC president Todd Lucy (right).

South Western Communications today announced the acquisition of All Systems, an integrated communications technology, advanced life safety and security company specializing in health care, education, commercial and houses of worship.

The purchase will expand SWC’s footprint to the Kansas and Missouri markets, serving the Kansas City, Columbia, Mo.; and Wichita, Kan., areas in addition to its current branches in Atlanta, Decatur, Ala.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Nashville, Louisville, Ky.; Indianapolis, Ind.; and headquarters in Evansville, Ind.

“SWC would like to welcome All Systems to SWC’s portfolio of offices,” said SWC president Todd Lucy in the joint announcement. “All Systems has a rich, 40-year heritage of attracting talented team members to serve the critical communications needs of schools, hospitals, and businesses in the Kansas and Missouri markets.

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“We look forward to partnering with them to expand resources in our ongoing effort to improve services to our customers,” he said.

SWC’s acquisition of All Systems aligned with its strategic growth initiative to diversify its business and service area.

“All Systems is excited to become part of SWC,” said All Systems VP David Govro. “Our long-time partnership in the industry has enabled both organizations to gain from shared knowledge and shared best practices.

“Now by combining forces into one company, we will be able to provide not only the best of breed products, but also a depth of expertise like no other systems integration firm in the region.  The excellence that our clients have come to expect from All Systems will continue, and we will have broader resources to meet their needs in the future,” he said.

M&A Activity Ramping Up in AV

The SWC acquisition of All Systems is the latest in a recent flurry of deals that kicked off late last year when AVI Systems acquired Atlanta-based Avyve and continued this week with more announced. NSCA executive director Chuck Wilson and AVIXA CEO David Labuskes both expect another busy M&A year.

Wilson estimated somewhere in the range of 30-40 acquisitions among NSCA members were held up in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and Labuskes sees venture capital and private equity firms continuing to play major roles in AV in 2021.