Meet the 'New Harris': GatesAir and Imagine Communications
name Gates returns to broadcasting.
Harris Broadcast, recently
sold by Harris Corp., had said it would change names, and now it has done so,
and divided itself into two companies: Imagine Communications and GatesAir.
CEO Charlie Vogt indicated that Imagine Communications will
focus on IP, software-defined networks,
cloud and multiscreen issues, while GatesAir “will continue to lead the
next-generation TV and radio over-the-air market, with a focus on providing
wireless innovations that reduce power consumption and carbon footprint, while
leveraging the growth in digital radio and TV transmission across the globe.”
Imagine Communications will be headquartered in
Dallas, with operations in Denver, Toronto, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Beijing.
GatesAir will be headquartered in Cincinnati,
with a manufacturing, supply chain and fulfillment center in Quincy, Ill. Those
operations have historic connections with the Gates and Harris names. Rich
Redmond, chief product officer of GatesAir, was quoted in the announcement
saying, “We are thrilled to bring back the positive market heritage
associated with the name Gates.”
said, “We have created two laser-focused companies that are innovating across
different ends of the technology spectrum.”
Related: Remembering the Gates Radio Company