Vitec Group acquires RF Central, Nucomm

By Ken Kerschbaumer

The Vitec Group got a little bigger this morning with the acquisition of RF Central and Nucomm, two companies that broaden the company’s product portfolio into the area of transmission. Vitec has also formed an RF Systems unit that will be comprised of RF Central, Nucomm and, soon, Microwave Radio Services, in a still-pending acquisition.

Financial terms were undisclosed.

The deal with RF Central did not include Total RF, a rental company and subsidiary of RF Central. Founded by CEO Jeff Winemiller, RF Central has developed a solid reputation for delivering innovative technology and technical expertise in microwave communications. As part of the agreement, Mr. Winemiller will continue to lead RF Central.

“We are very excited about joining the Vitec Group,” says Winemiller. “As a member of the Vitec Group of companies, RF Central will be able to leverage Vitec’s substantial worldwide presence, experience and other strengths to build an even stronger company, dedicated to serving our customers at the highest level.”

Vitec’s acquisition of RF Central and the development of the Vitec Group RF Systems unit is designed to provide customers with a comprehensive array of products and services designed to meet any microwave need from single systems to extensive networks. RF Central will be joined by Nucomm, an industry leading digital and analog microwave developer to form Vitec Group RF Systems. In addition, Microwave Services Corporation, the industry’s leading microwave systems repair and maintenance company, will join the team in the very near future. With the creation of Vitec Group RF Systems, the companies are well placed to supply the leading products and installation services to broadcasters who have to replace their legacy analog systems as part of the Broadcast Auxiliary Spectrum (BAS) relocation project.

Nucomm, established in 1990 by founder and President Dr. John B. Payne, has comprehensive line of portable and fixed link microwave systems. As part of the agreement, Dr. Payne along with Vice President of Engineering John Payne IV will continue to lead Nucomm.

“By joining with RFC and MSC, the new team is able to bring customers an unparalleled range of products and services,” says Payne. “We have always been the technology leader in broadcast microwave systems, and with the backing of the Vitec Group, we now have a foundation to continue our growth and worldwide expansion.”

“We are delighted that Nucomm, RFC and MSC will be joining the Vitec Group,” says Gareth Rhys Williams, Group Chief Executive for Vitec Group. “When Jeff Winemiller approached us and explained his vision of what this combination of businesses could deliver, it made immediate sense. Together we can offer our broadcast customers an even wider range of the best RF products and services, which we believe will be particularly valuable to them as they address the challenges of the BAS relocation project and beyond.”