SSP Innovations Announces Agreement to Purchase Wind Lake Solutions

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Company News

SSP Innovations Announces Agreement to Purchase Wind Lake Solutions

DENVER, JANUARY 30, 2018 — SSP Innovations, LLC (SSP), a leader in utility GIS services, is pleased to announce an agreement to purchase via an affiliate Wind Lake Solutions, a leading provider of data services for the utility and telecom GIS Industry. With the Wind Lake Solutions acquisition, SSP will also acquire the SPANS Joint Use Application and incorporate it into its existing Lifecycle application suite.

“Being approached by a company with similar ‘customer-always-first’ service values and an exceptional employee culture was a key factor in making this decision” Wind Lake President Dave Coates said. “Although we operate in the same industry, our service offerings are very complementary. The acquisition allows both organizations to add key strategic service components that will greatly benefit our customers going forward”.

In addition to Coates, current Wind Lake Principals Diana Coates, Susan Smith-Lee and Gary Miller, along with other senior leadership from the company, will join SSP-Wind Lake and will continue to manage data services and SPANS projects from SSP’s new Midwest hub.

“Adding a company with the stellar reputation that Wind Lake has in the industry was a critical factor in the decision to expand the SSP family,” SSP CEO Skye Perry said. “The Wind Lake acquisition allows SSP to address a key requirement as companies move to the Esri Utility Network – that of data quality and readiness. Our shared focus on long-term customer satisfaction will allow our combined companies to continue to assist our clients with critical infrastructure initiatives.”

ABOUT SSP INNOVATIONS

SSP, headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, is an IT services and software development company focused on delivering GIS and workforce management solutions to electric, gas, and water utilities as well as oil & gas pipeline operators and telecommunication providers. More information about SSP is available at https://sspinnovations.com/.

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