Manufacturing Partner Anuva Buys TiO Home Automation Brand
TiO founder Mike Anderson to run business, along with newly formed Anuva Automation group; a new strategy for CEDIA Expo 2014
In the next chapter of TiO home automation, Automated Control Technology Partners (ACTP) and Mike Anderson … the TiO brand has been acquired by its newest investor and manufacturing partner, Anuva Manufacturing in Melbourne, Fla.
The factory saved the beleaguered TiO business last month, announcing it would invest in the company and manufacture its products. Today, Anuva announces the formation of Anuva Automation and the “acquisition of the TiO brand.”
Reached by phone, TiO founder Anderson says the move means “we have all the money we need to move forward.”
The revival of TiO is just one more bit of drama you won’t want to miss at CEDIA 2014. Here are a few more:
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Anderson will continue to lead TiO and becomes the president of Anuva Automation which, I assume, will expand its building-automation portfolio and possibly acquire other ailing-but-promising home-technology firms.
In a press release issued today, Anuva explains:
Anuva Automation, through a partnership with Anuva Manufacturing in Melbourne, FL, will be building all of the TiO products in the USA. The talented engineering team at Anuva Innovations, in Morrisville, N.C., will be developing future products.
Anderson tells CE Pro, “It’s a change, but bottom line, it’s a really good thing for us and the company as a brand. Now we have all the resource we need.”
He adds: “Now I don’t have any excuses.”
At CEDIA Expo 2014 next month, TiO is “not going to show any products that are not in inventory, ready to ship,” Anderson says. “We’ll have a pretty complete system.”
In the immediate near term, TiO is “focused on lighting control, audio streaming – with some new things there – and of course the app and everything that goes with it,” Anderson says.
So who is Anuva? Here’s what they tell us:
Anuva is a “Design to Distribution” family of businesses that started in 2008 with the launch of Anuva Services in Morrisville, NC. Anuva Services, a Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council-certified minority business, began by providing world-class after-market and logistic services to customers. Despite launching during a challenging economic environment, Anuva experienced tremendous start-up growth and tripled the space of the facility. Three years later, Anuva further expanded by acquiring a contract manufacturing operation whose roots date back to the Dictaphone operation in Melbourne, FL. In 2011, Anuva Founder Vinu Patel launched Anuva Manufacturing Services and relocated the headquarters to a new facility in Melbourne. Anuva Manufacturing is AS 9100 certified. In 2012, Anuva expanded once again by launching a sister company, Anuva Resource Solutions. Anuva Resource Solutions was created to assist Anuva customers needing help hiring talented people who would grow their businesses. Specializing in startups and midsize companies, Anuva Resource Solutions handles each HR and financial outsourcing project with the highest integrity and dedicated, personal attention. In 2013, Anuva continued to expand by acquiring TriE Medical Inc. Rebranded Anuva Innovations, the ISO 13485-certified engineering development division providing design, documentation, manufacturing, and testing services. In early 2014, the acquisition of the manufacturing facilities of Innovative Electronic Solutions Lighting in Morrisville expanded Anuva’s portfolio and electronics manufacturing capabilities even further. These acquisitions create the Design to Distribution vision of our company. Anuva is a US-owned and operated company with a mission to provide a total solution for our clients and employ domestically while making a global contribution.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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