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SBAM member Lynx Network Group grows as fiber project connects communities

May 21, 2012

Article courtesy of Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave
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As the number of miles of fiber optics Lynx Network Group builds across the state grows so does the company.

Lynx, an SBAM member, is helping to build the fiber optic network that will connect businesses, schools and others in rural Michigan to advanced, high-speed Internet service. It is deploying more than 1,500 miles of fiber optics across the state. The company also is a wholesale and retail provider of telecommunication services.

As the project to wire the state winds down in the spring of 2013 the company will be able to focus more on the services it provides, says Scott Windemuller, general manager. The company currently resells telecommunication services, but new possibilities will be open as its sells its own.

“This really allows us to control our service delivery,” Windemuller says.

The company offers the newest technologies in voice and data services and operates as a niche provider of wholesale intrastate data services to major wireless and fiber based carriers.

If all goes according to plan, the Lynx Network Group expects to double its staff, bringing the number of employees to 30 within the next five years, Windemuller projects.

Earlier this year, Lynx Network Group was recognized as one of the 2012 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

Part of that recognition is for its expanding staff. The company has grown by 40 percent, as its staff increased from 10 to 14 people. A salesperson, network manager and an IT person were among the new hires.

“We will be very excited to get the project done and we’re glad to be among the companies that are expanding the network across the state and bringing bandwidth capacity to underserved and unserved areas of Michigan,” Windemuller says. “It’s exciting to be part of something that is so beneficial for the state.”

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave
Source: Scott Windemuller, Lynx Network Group

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