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Updated: Feb 14, 2020

Top US Security & Life-Safety Communications Company Acquires AC&C

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (July 3, 2019) – Lone Star Communications, a Texas-based leader in the life safety industry, expands its market reach to central Texas by acquiring Advanced Communications and Cabling/AC&C, a leader in low voltage life safety equipment to the central Texas education and healthcare market.

AC&C was founded in 1998 by the Nations Family installing cabling in public schools as a subcontractor in Austin and surrounding areas. In 2000, AC&C became a Rauland distributor in the Austin area and began its move into the healthcare market. In 2002, AC&C expanded into Corpus Christi and the Valley with the acquisition of Gulf Coast Time Recorder Company. In 2003, AC&C further expanded into San Antonio when Rauland extended their territory to that market as well. In 2006, Mike Nations became General Manager guiding AC&C to become the leader in Rauland nurse call and workflow solutions in central Texas and dominating its market for the last 10 years. AC&C also provides life safety solutions to the education market.

AC&C now becomes a member of the Lone Star Communications joining Lone Star Communications (Houston) and recently acquired ArCom Systems (now Lone Star Communications), located in Little Rock, Arkansas. This acquisition expands Lone Star’s reach to 524 hospitals in 5 states with 8 offices. In addition, Lone Star Communications covers over 275,000 classrooms in 5 states providing automated life safety solutions.

Lynn Nations will join the Lone Star Communications team as COO, Chief Operating Officer, to assist with the transition bringing 20 years-worth of history to Lone Star Communications. Says Lynn, “We are looking forward to becoming part of the ambitious and forward-thinking team at Lone Star Communications. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the entire AC&C team to share in the vast knowledge and experience that Lone Star Communications has achieved. We will strive to be a meaningful addition to the Lone Star Communications family”.

“We are honored to have the AC&C team of outstanding life safety professionals join the Lone Star Communications family,” said Ray Bailey, President and founder of Lone Star Communications based in Grand Prairie, Texas. “AC&C has become a leader in central Texas and will be a big part of Lone Star Communications’ future.” Bailey goes on to say, “Providers today are intensely focused on consistent quality outcomes and outstanding patient experiences. As their workloads have increased profoundly over the past few years, clinical workflow automation has become essential. This combined depth of experience makes Lone Star Communications one of the most highly specialized and talent-rich clinical systems integrators in the Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana markets to measurably improve quality and lower operating costs. In addition, AC&C’s team in the education market provides life safety paging and automated emergency signaling systems in the Texas schools which nicely compliment Lone Star Communications’ life safety education team, the current nationwide leader in Rauland education integrations.”

Lone Star Communications not only expands its Texas footprint, but also gains 51 devoted team members during this acquisition, leaving Lone Star Communications with more than 260 highly specialized professionals.

Lone Star Communications is the recognized leader in life safety communications in Texas for hundreds of independent school districts and major healthcare service providers. For more details about how Lone Star Communications can assist your business, please visit

About Lone Star Communications, Inc. Lone Star Communications was founded in 1991 with a set of guiding principles and a group of people with a shared vision, to ensure the same consistent provider experience across Texas. In both 2015 and 2016, Commercial Integrator Magazine recognized Lone Star Communications as a top 10 integrator in the healthcare industry in the U.S. Then in 2018, Commercial Integrator Magazine recognized Lone Star Communications as one of CI’s Fast-2018 Growing firms. From day one Lone Star Communications committed itself to “Excellence in Workmanship.” Its status as ISO 9001:2015 certified in both Houston and Grand Prairie offices is evidence of its continuing commitment to that goal. “Building Lifetime Customers by providing the Right Product, First Time, On Time, No Exceptions!”

Mergers Media Contact: Raymond Bailey



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