Traverse City-based Appia Communications Inc. Monday announced its acquisition of St. Louis, Mo.-based Voxitas, a national Voice Over Internet Protocol and Multiprotocol Label Switching networking services provider.

“This is a perfect match for us,” said Appia president Victor von Schlegell. “It enables us to offer customers a complete range of communication and networking solutions. This is essential in today’s market because customers want options and not a ‘one size fits all’ approach.”

With the acquisition, customers can choose from hosted and Session Internet Protocol trunking-based VOIPl; private networking via MPLS; Internet access, video conferencing, and managed services that reduce capital and operating costs, enabling customers to focus their human and financial resources on what matters most to their success.

“These expanded capabilities also give our sales partners a clear advantage over their competitors,” von Schlegell said. “They are now able to customize solutions to the requirements of their customers, all from one provider.”

“We are very happy to be a part of Appia and are working hard to complete the integration of the two companies,” said Mike Morey, former president of Voxitas. “Voxitas customers should have already seen the value of this combination in the expanded support staff and hours that are possible because of the scale of the new organization.”
The company’s efforts are supported by investors, including the $340 million-asset, New York City-based Dolphin Equity Partners L.P., and the $1.3 billion, St. Louis, Mo.-based Advantage Capital Partners.

Said Mark Lewis, principal at Advantage: “Combining these two companies positions us very well to meet the needs of customers and to strengthen our competitive position in the marketplace. We offer the A to Z solution for the company or organization that requires reliable and cost-effective managed services.”

Appia provides managed communication and network services, with a focus on small and midsize companies and organizations. Appia has operations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington D.C.

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