Orono firm Microdyne sold to Atlanta company

Posted Feb. 23, 2011, at 3:39 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 24, 2011, at 12:10 a.m.

ORONO, Maine — An Atlanta company has acquired Microdyne Outsourcing, an Orono-based division of L-3 Communications Corp.

Nexxlinx declined to say how much it had bought Microdyne for. The deal closed Tuesday, according to a Nexxlinx spokeswoman. According to Microdyne, roughly 275 people work at the Orono site. Local Microdyne officials did not comment further on the deal.

In a statement Wednesday, the head of Nexxlinx said he expected to hire additional employees for the Orono business.

Microdyne provides outsourced customer service and fulfillment for other companies in a variety of industries, including government, telecommunications, e-commerce, video gaming and publishing.

Similarly, Nexxlinx provides outsourced business processing and marketing services. The company said in the release that it has been growing and “needs room to grow both in terms of quality employees and overall capacity.”

“We’re seeing an explosion in demand for our customer retention and sales conversion services, along with our video gaming and customer support operations. This opportunity will bring deep expertise in government markets, a group of very talented people, and a world-class facility, all in a first-class community. We expect to significantly expand the employment at the Orono facility this year,” the release stated.

Microdyne first opened in September 2001 after purchasing bankrupt EnvisioNet Technical Support Services. According to past reports, the company drew heavily from the University of Maine and Eastern Maine Community College for its work force. According to those reports, the company had a work force of about 600 in 2004.

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