Textron integrates voice/data brands

Textron, the parent of diversified electrical manufacturer Greenlee, announced that several of its voice/data test equipment brands will now fall under the Tempo umbrella, and that the business units will be integrated under the Tempo name.

Tempo will encompass the following brands: the Greenlee Textron Data Signal Voice (DSV) group, Chesilvale, Datacom, IMAP, Progressive, RIFOCS and Tempo. All these brands were purchased during an aggressive Textron acquisition campaign in recent years to solidify its position in the voice/data market, with Tempo Research being the most recent and the one inspiring a name change.

Tempo, which will be headquartered in Rockford, Ill., will be led by President Scott Hall, who joins Tempo from General Cable Co., where he held several leadership positions during his 17 years there. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and general manager of communication cables.

Chris Tarpley, who most recently served as vice president of marketing and business development for Greenlee Textron Data Signal Voice (DSV) Group, will hold that same title at Tempo.

The brands — Greenlee DSV, Chesilvale, Progressive, RIFOCS, IMAP and Datacom — will be phased out over a three-to-five-year period, making Tempo the singular brand.

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