Minneapolis, Minnesota – (The Hosting News) – December 8, 2005 – Top Minnesota managed web hosting firm, Digital North, Inc.,
has acquired VISI.com, a well-known
local Internet Service Provider (ISP). VISI.com was purchased from DSL.net, Inc., a New Haven, Connecticut-based broadband communications services provider,
for $3.3 million in cash.
The transaction closed today and puts ownership back
in local hands, including management team members of both VISI.com and Digital
North. The newly formed entity will operate under the name VISI, a strong and
trusted brand in Internet solutions.
Mike Sowada, CEO of Digital North commented on the developments, ”We’ve been working with VISI.com for four years and it’s been a great, productive relationship. We’ve been a contract supplier of web hosting services for them and they’ve provided our customers Internet connectivity. Their Internet solutions fully complement our web hosting capabilities. I’ve always been impressed with the company.”
Gary Elfert, Sales and Marketing Director of VISI.com, agrees that the new arrangement is mutually beneficial for both companies and their customers, ”Digital North is now able to offer connectivity solutions to its managed hosting customers and VISI can offer truly customized managed hosting solutions. Customers will benefit from having a full range of knowledge and capabilities all under one roof.”
Mr. Sowada added, ”In addition to connectivity expertise, VISI has earned its reputation for extremely responsive live support. We’re glad to tap into that for all our customers.”
Elfert says the acquisition allows VISI.com to enter into high-growth services such as highly customized managed hosting solutions and Microsoft Exchange Hosting where Digital North already has a significant presence. Both Sowada and Elfert note that their respective firms share similar philosophies regarding customer service, technical support and corporate integrity, so the transition should be smooth both internally and for clients. ”The same people who handled customer accounts before will continue to serve their respective clients, so the transition should be seamless,” said Elfert.
According to Scott Ekman, Director of Internet Marketing at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware in Medina, Minnesata and a Digital North customer since 2003, ”The joining of Digital North and VISI will combine the benefits of small, agile companies – like personal service – with the trust and reliability big companies can deliver. It seems like there’s a lot of upside with this situation.”
VISI.com will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the privately held Digital North. Currently, VISI.com serves more than 11,000 business and residential customers. Digital North’s 450 customers are primarily businesses including Rockler, AAA Minneapolis, Miracle-Ear and Augeo/Embers.
Digital North is extending offers to 30 current VISI.com employees, who will join Digital North’s eight staffers. The company is also planning to add several new employees in the coming months.
To learn more about VISI, please visit: www.visi.com.