Wireless company makes acquisition, adds jobs in Florida

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Motorola Solutions Inc. has acquired a Florida company that helps police, firefighters, and other public-safety workers communicate via two-way radios and wireless systems.

In announcing it’s acquisition Monday of Wireless Technology Equipment Co., a privately held company, Motorola did not provide the purchase price, but said the company has been one of its subcontractors and two-way-radio dealers for 20 years.

Motorola said it has added technicians in its own Plantation research and development facility. The same facility provides support services in Broward, Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties. The company has nearly 1,500 employees and contractors in Florida.

WTEC was founded in 1996 and served Lee, Orange, and Polk counties. According to Motorola, it provides engineering, installation, programming, system management, and repair services.

Besides public-safety customers, WTEC has commercial customers in fields including mining, utility, hospitality, energy, manufacturing, transportation, and education. It now is a wholly owned subsidiary of Motorola Solutions.

Gov. Rick Scott welcomed the development in a written statement.

“It’s exciting to see global companies like Motorola Solutions continue choosing to invest in Florida,” Scott said.

“We have worked hard to create a business-friendly environment by cutting taxes and reducing burdensome regulations so more businesses can create jobs for our families. Motorola currently employs more than 1,000 Floridians and we will keep working to help job creators succeed in our state.”

Motorola Solutions Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Brown said: “This bolsters our presence across the state, which already includes dozens of Motorola Solutions service partners as well as a world-class innovation and design center in Plantation.”

Michael Moline

Michael Moline is a former assistant managing editor of The National Law Journal and managing editor of the San Francisco Daily Journal. Previously, he reported on politics and the courts in Tallahassee for United Press International. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as editor of the Florida Flambeau. His family’s roots in Jackson County date back many generations.


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