Lone Star Communications Acquires Advanced Communications & Cabling

AC&C was founded in 1998 by the Nations family installing cabling in public schools as a subcontractor in Austin and surrounding areas.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Lone Star Communications, based here, has acquired Advanced Communications & Cabling (AC&C), a provider of low voltage life-safety equipment to the central Texas education and healthcare market.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

AC&C was founded in 1998 by the Nations family installing cabling in public schools as a subcontractor in Austin and surrounding areas. In 2000, AC&C became a Rauland distributor in the Austin area and began its move into the healthcare market.

In 2002, AC&C expanded into Corpus Christi and surrounding area with the acquisition of Gulf Coast Time Recorder Co. In 2003, AC&C further expanded into San Antonio when Rauland extended its territory to that market as well.

In 2006, Mike Nations became general Manager guiding AC&C to become the leader in Rauland nurse call and workflow solutions in central Texas and dominating its market for the last 10 years, according to the announcement. AC&C also provides life safety solutions to the education market.

AC&C now becomes a member of the Lone Star Communications companies joining Lone Star Communications, Lone Star Communications (Houston) and recently acquired Lone Star Communications/ArCom Systems, located in Little Rock Arkansas.

This acquisition expands Lone Star’s reach to 524 hospitals in five states with eight offices.  In addition, Lone Star Communications covers over 275,000 classrooms in five states providing automated life safety solutions.

Lynn Nations will join the Lone Star team as COO to assist with the transition, bringing 20 years of experience to Lone Star.

“We are looking forward to becoming part of the ambitious and forward-thinking team at Lone Star Communications,” says Lynn Nations. “This will be a wonderful opportunity for the entire AC&C team to share in the vast knowledge and experience that Lone Star has achieved.  We will strive to be a meaningful addition to the Lone Star Communications family”

“We are honored to have the AC&C team of outstanding life safety professionals join the Lone Star Communications family,” said Ray Bailey, president and founder of Lone Star Communications. “AC&C has become a leader in central Texas and will be a big part of Lone Star Communications’ future.”

Bailey explains that providers today are intensely focused on consistent quality outcomes and outstanding patient experiences.

He continues, “As their workloads have increased profoundly over the past few years, clinical workflow automation has become essential. This combined depth of experience makes Lone Star one of the most highly specialized and talent-rich clinical systems integrators in the Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana markets to measurably improve quality and lower operating costs.”

Lone Star Communications provides life safety communications in Texas for hundreds of independent school districts and major healthcare service providers. Along with expanding its Texas footprint, the company gains 51 team members and now staffs more than 260 highly specialized professionals, Bailey says.

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