LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA – OCTOBER 2021: Clair Global CEO, Troy Clair, and ATK Audiotek President, Michael MacDonald, jointly announced that their companies have reached a definitive agreement for the sale of ATK to Clair Global. The acquisition extends Clair Global’s leading position in the worldwide sound reinforcement market and further expands their reach into broadcast audio, communications, and integration. The deal is expected to close in mid-November.
Clair Global, which began in 1966 in Lititz, PA, has long been known as a leading innovator of concert sound technology, permanent installation and more recently has made a mark in the data services realm. ATK has, for over three decades, been focused on refining the art of providing sound reinforcement for live televised events with large audiences. Both companies feature client lists that include premiere events and the finest performers and venues in the world.
“Everyone in the industry has worked with the ATK team for years to support our clients on major broadcast events,” commented Troy Clair. ATK developed the enviable position of being in the driver’s seat at huge events that span entertainment awards, sports, and political events, and developed techniques to ensure that the sound provided to a live audience is flawless, while maintaining the integrity of audio for broadcast.” Clair went on to say, “Everyone at Clair is excited to have the opportunity to work with ATK.”
Scott Harmala, a senior partner at ATK, is enthusiastic about the potential created by this joining-of-forces. “I started during the founding of ATK in 1983, and I never dreamed we would work with the incredible clients that we have on our roster today. With this announcement, ATK will be in a position to support clients nationally and globally with the best technology and staff in the world. It is truly an exciting time for ATK.”
Long recognized as a pioneer in the industry, Clair Global continues to expand in both size and technology development, a drive that has kept Clair in the forefront. It is important to note that while the company is more than 50 years old, it is crossing the threshold to the third generation in the Clair family with brothers Shaun and Matt integral to the management of the company and positioned to lead the ever-growing company forward. The Clair family has provided not only continuity to operations, but also renewed an emphasis on pushing the operational and technological comfort zone of the company. This drive has kept Clair on the cutting edge for over six decades.
“From a business perspective, ATK was looking to develop a long-term, sustainable path for their employees and clients,” stated Mikael Stewart, a partner in ATK who leads the production team. “We could not be more pleased to work with a company like Clair Global that has both a market-leading position, as well as a long-term plan to advance the company into the future.” Stewart went on to say, “People in our industry tend to focus on the gear, but people are really the defining asset in our business, and we want to make sure the ATK team has the best home now and into the future. We are confident that Clair Global is that home.”
“We are eager to expand further into the broadcast field, but there is so much more that both companies can learn from each other,” stated Shaun Clair, who leads business development at Clair Global. “When we started to look at ATK, we found that both companies had many operational and technical approaches that aligned well, but what was surprising to both teams were the unique developments that each company had to offer and how we could all benefit. The word ‘synergy’ is often over applied, but in this case it really works.”
There are no major changes planned for the continued operation of ATK. The management team of MacDonald, Harmala, and Stewart will stay in place, as well as the staff, company name, and location. ATK will continue to focus on the broadcast market going forward, but the new configuration will provide for more geographic reach. ATK’s systems integration team will be aligned with Clair Global Integration, which further extends the services footprint the combined companies can offer.
While day-to-day operations will remain wholly unaffected, the opportunities for collaboration are expansive. Both companies have developed proprietary technology and techniques that will allow the collective to grow. MacDonald noted, “We are honored to join Clair Global and become a part of the Clair legacy.”
ABOUT CLAIR GLOBAL Building on over 50 years of experience, Clair Global is a technology company known for boldly advancing technology-driven experiences. Specializing in live production services and integrated technology installations, Clair Global serves a wide range of vertical markets worldwide. The company’s portfolio includes providing audio, backline, communications, and data for live productions as well as audio, video, lighting, IT services, control, and broadcast for permanent installs. Clair Global innovates and delivers solutions that move, connect, and inspire our world, like the newest Virtual Live Audience platform which allows audiences to virtually experience a live event or broadcast and provide real-time feedback for the main event. Clair Global is headquartered in Lititz, PA with locations worldwide and is a proud member of the Rock Lititz Community.