PRINCE RUPERT – Today CityWest announced the purchase of Evolve Communications, a wireless Internet service provider based in Vanderhoof.
The deal was completed after CityWest’s Board of Directors approved the terms of the sale.
“We are very pleased to announce the purchase of Evolve Communications. The team at Evolve has the same attitude towards providing customers with the best possible experience at all times and they bring amazing synergies to our business platform,” said Stefan Woloszyn, CEO of CityWest. “The owner and employees of Evolve have served their customers well over the last eight years, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the CityWest family.”
Evolve Communications was incorporated in 2012 by Ryan Ray, an entrepreneur who grew up in Vanderhoof. Its coverage area includes the towns of Vanderhoof and Fort St. James, as well as their surrounding rural areas. The company provides high-speed Internet packages at affordable rates and, including the owner, employs three people.
“We’re very happy about this deal because CityWest has the unique opportunity to bring Internet services to remote communities on a wide scale,” said Mr. Ray. “And, like us, they know how important it is for a local company to get good services to remote communities, which no one else can provide.”
Mr. Ray will also join the CityWest senior management team as Director of Wireless Services, and Evolve Communications will run as a subsidiary of the CityWest parent company.
“The ownership has changed, but the same principals of excellence in customer service will continue,” said Mr. Ray. “Our customers will see great improvements in their services, thanks to this deal with CityWest.”