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AFL Telecommunications acquires The Light Brigade


October 7, 2008
By Alyssa Dalton

AFL has acquired a majority ownership position in The Light Brigade, a fiber optic training company and supplier of media and products located in Tukwila, Wash. This acquisition expands AFL’s technical training capacity, allowing for increased service to current and potential customers. Terms of the acquisition were not undisclosed.

“With
the increased demand for qualified technicians, The Light Brigade’s 20+
years of experience, along with the strength and outreach of its
instructor base, provides additional capacity, allowing us to serve
even more customers,” said Patrick Dobbins, director of AFL’s fiber
optic training division. “And our combined training capabilities bridge
a gap so that we can promote advanced integrated solutions for our
customers.”




AFL
currently provides both product and application training. Courses are
offered at its corporate HQ in Spartanburg, S.C., and worldwide at
various customer locations. Current AFL technical training courses have
been reviewed and certified by the Fiber Optics Association (FOA) and
select courses are eligible for BICSI continuing education credits.




With the
addition of The Light Brigade’s current curriculum of training
programs, AFL expands its training to include the Electronics
Technicians Association, International (ETA) certification, enabling
technicians’ certification in areas of electronic equipment service and
support.




“With
the acquisition, AFL will be able to provide resources to allow The
Light Brigade to expand existing courses and develop new courses,
curriculum and training materials,” said Larry Johnson, president of
The Light Brigade. “Not only is this a win for AFL and The Light
Brigade, but also for our clients who want to develop their knowledge
and skills.”




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