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Gibson Teldata purchases HOP Technologies' telecom and data divisions

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Gibson Teldata Inc. has purchased the telecom and data divisions of HOP Technologies in Greencastle.

This brings the total number of Gibson Teldata locations in Indiana to four, with other offices in Terre Haute, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

Gibson Teldata is an Indiana-based provider of telecommunications and data networking hardware, software and technical services.

"When HOP president Tim Gierke considered selling these divisions, his first priority was to ensure that his customers and neighbors were supported," Brett Gibson, president of Gibson Teldata Inc., said. "Gibson Teldata is pleased to have been chosen to move forward and provide that high level of quality and support.

"Our growth over the past three years has shown that even in tough economic times, great products and superior service can be a driving force for success."

Gierke is also pleased with the decision.

"The size and strength of Gibson Teldata and their dedication to support and customer service will provide HOP customers with the confidence of knowing they will have the experienced consultation they need to be successful," Gierke said.

Gibson agreed.

"We feel it is extremely important to serve the existing HOP customer base with a local presence," he said. "We will continue that presence by leasing a portion of the HOP building."

In addition, one of Gibson Teldata's sales representatives and two of its technicians live in and provide service to the Greencastle area. He also assured customers that are under a HOP warranty or an extended service contract, that Gibson Teldata will be honoring both.

Gibson encouraged the community to come out and meet representatives from Gibson Teldata when the company co-hosts the Greencastle Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours with The Inn at DePauw on Tuesday, July 19, from 5-7 p.m. at The Inn at DePauw.

Meanwhile, Gierke said HOP Technologies will continue to service customers directly in the fields of AT&T Wireless, DishNetwork Satellite TV, Residential and Commercial Security Systems and airHOP High-Speed Wireless Internet Service.

Founded in March 1980, Gibson Teldata Inc. provides nearly every facet of voice and data. The company has 23 employees. In 2008, Gibson Teldata Inc. doubled its company revenue and size by purchasing the telecommunications division of Esco Communications in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne.

Gibson Teldata Inc. is the largest Indiana-based Mitel Exclusive Business Partner.


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Well that is great for HOP. I believe that is really called outsourcing. I am quite sure the former employees are tickled that they lost their jobs. But hey lets keep the home town spirit and spend our money out of town..Is it me or doesnt 90 percent of HOPS business have Avaya phone systems not Mitel?

-- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 7:42 AM

Oh is this why we were without email for 3 days! Great way to start off. NOT

-- Posted by princess101 on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 8:29 AM

The word in the street is two of the techs that left HOP due to the buyout have started there own buisness's so that the customers will still have local contact here in the county. I know I still want to remain with them. They have treated myself and my business well over the last few years. They are hardworking local techs that due a great job. Stay local!

-- Posted by keepitlocal on Wed, Jul 13, 2011, at 5:35 PM

word on the street is those good ole boys from HOP quit there jobs!!! heard their boss fought for them to keep there same job title, same job pay and same job address but just with a new boss and owner. but they declined to stay and quit. filed for unemployment, and went around to local business bad mouthing HOP while trying to get the business to join their new team. good luck with what your doing just leave your old employer out of it!!!

-- Posted by badboy46120 on Thu, Jul 14, 2011, at 12:50 AM

Are you kidding me?? Funny how things get turned around, How could the techs have quit a job that they were told no longer exists?? Good try but the bottom line is HOP sold to Gibson TeleData and 2 great guys who have worked for the community in telecom and teledata for years have moved on and took the opportunity to BETTER serve their customers!! Best Wishes to the gentlemen and their families!!

-- Posted by rukiddinme on Thu, Jul 14, 2011, at 3:54 AM

I work at a local business and was greeted by both gentlemen at seperate times on their quest to start-up their new companies. The were both very professional and did not "bad mouth" their past employer. I am sure they were both scrambling because they had 2 weeks to decide what to do to support their families. Yes, they were offered a lot of the same benefits from Gibson, but were also asked to sign a non-compete clause which made them very nervous. I believe they explained that if something were to happen between them and the new employer they would not have been able to work in their fields for 2 years within a 90 mile radius of Greencastle, Terre Haute, Indianapolis or Fort Wayne. Being local guys with limited opportunities, they chose a riskier way to maintain employment in Greencastle and the surrounding area. Our company has used both of these men for several years and we have always had a great relationship with them and wish them a very successful future. I am hoping that we will be able to get more effecient service now, because in the past few months we felt that HOP might be having financial problems due to not being able to order supplies from their vendors. Good Luck to everyone involved with all companies involved.

-- Posted by anotherone on Thu, Jul 14, 2011, at 7:17 AM