Provo, Utah (December 20, 1999)- epixtech, inc., formerly Ameritech Library Services (ALS), the world leader in library automation and a former subsidiary of Ameritech Corporation, today announced its new corporate identity positioning the company to meet rapidly increasing demands for Internet services in the library industry. The company has been the leader in library automation services since its incorporation in 1994. With more than 7,600 customers worldwide, the company’s accomplishments include award-winning technologies and library automation systems. epixtech will continue to provide existing products and services while offering avenues of support to libraries with its newly developed Web-based solutions and services that enable libraries to better service their patrons for remote access via the Internet.
During the recent acquisition of Ameritech Corporation by SBC Communications, Inc., company veteran and ALS President Lana Porter secured long-term financing in order for ALS to become a privately held company. Funding was obtained from 21st Century Group, LLC and Green Leaf Ridge, LLC. The rebirth of the company as an independent entity positions epixtech for continued leadership, profitability and growth in the library services industry.
"epixtech is already a leader in the next evolutionary phase for libraries," said Lana Porter, president and chief executive officer. "We have demonstrated our commitment to balancing our customers investments in existing technologies while offering long-range planning and strategies. As a privately owned, independent company, we will be able to accelerate our development of new Web-based solutions to help libraries serve today’s mobile communities."
epixtech will continue to focus its efforts on automation solutions and on emerging Web-based trends by establishing a new model for web services. The company will also accelerate research, development and strategic alliances, delivering new technologies and services quickly and efficiently.
epixtech will retain its strong infrastructure and management team with CEO and President Lana Porter directing decisions for development and growth of the company. Since joining the company in 1996, Porter has established business processes, strategic plans and partnerships, and expanded the company’s international market presence.
Library industry veteran of seventeen years, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kate Noerr leads epixtech’s international sales and marketing departments as well as all international operations. Noerr is a member of the American Library Association, the American Society for Information Science, the British Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery and is the author of more than fifty articles.
Tyler Gingrich, vice president of software engineering, focuses on designing multilingual software and Internet-based services for epixtech. Gingrich’s background in business, systems analysis, and global software development provides consistent standards for all design and development efforts.
Scott Wheelhouse, vice president of product management, is another ALS veteran of over eleven years. He leads epixtech’s development of product plans and marketing strategies to further improve client communications and coordination of the company’s solutions and services in the global marketplace.
Vice President of Customer Operations Margaret (Meg) Fisher has extensive experience in information systems management. She directs support of epixtech’s customer services worldwide.
Chief Financial Officer Rick Lawhun has served in a number of positions at Ameritech over the past ten years. He oversees epixtech’s financial goals, balancing the needs of customers and operating costs.
epixtech, inc. is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for more than 7,600 libraries worldwide. epixtech’s award-winning library automation systems, ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management and interlibrary loan, and its new Web-based solutions and services empower libraries and their patrons.
epixtech was formerly Ameritech Library Services, a subsidiary of Ameritech, and became a private corporation in December 1999. epixtech’s library automation solutions meet the needs of research, public, corporate, medical, and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Chicago, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario; and throughout Europe and the Pacific Rim.
epixtech, inc. is located at 400 West 5050 North, Provo, Utah, 84604;
Tel: 1-800-288-8020; fax 801-223-5202; and at www.epixtech.com.