Monday, February 19, 2018

Business Beat: Encore expands with acquisition of EDsuite

By Ken Hedler
Dec. 2, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.

Encore Multimedia has acquired EDsuite, a technology firm that serves the business and web needs of economic development organizations.

Dean Waskowiak, president and founder of Encore, a Longview-based marketing firm, will be CEO of EDsuite.

"These two companies are a natural fit and will seamlessly integrate to the benefit of all our clients," he said in a statement.

Under terms of the acquisition agreement, EDsuite will retain its current name and operate as a separate entity and a division of Encore, with its headquarters in Longview.

"We're so thrilled about this opportunity and the many advantages it will provide our clients, as well as the impact it will have on the future of our company," Joel Soape, EDsuite's newly named president, said in a statement. "We remain dedicated to delivering an even higher-quality product, greater personalized customer service, and we look forward to helping our clients move to the next level."

Encore said the acquisition would enable it to broaden its clientele and provide opportunities to better serve economic development clients.

Founded in 1994, Encore provides strategic and digital marketing, public relations, video, radio, web and print services. It has 19 employees.

EDsuite, founded in 2005, has designed, developed and created tools for more than 260 economic development websites in more than 20 states. It has received more than 15 Excellence in Economic Development awards from the International Economic Development Council.

Manufacturer expands

Global Vessel & Tank LLC has expanded in Longview by opening its third location, in the East Loop Industrial Park at 3581 Gum Springs Road off Interstate 20, industrial park owner Scott Zhorne said.

Zhorne said Global Vessel signed a long-term lease for a 15,000-square-foot building. He added the industrial park, with 100,000 square feet, is now built out with six tenants.

"We're real proud to have them in the park," Zhorne said of Global Vessel. "Their products are being made in Longview and being sold in the West Texas Permian (Basin) oil fields."

Global Vessel, which is based in Lafayette, Louisiana, and operates plants in Longview at 1744 Callahan Road and 109 Kodak Boulevard, declined a request for an interview.

Global Vessel's website says the company was founded in 2008 as a manufacturer of oil and gas surface production equipment, adding its principals have more than 150 years of combined experience.

The company manufactures industry standard and custom American Society of Mechanical Engineers code-pressure vessels and American Petroleum Institute 12-F storage tanks as well as combustion compliance equipment.

Global Vessel serves oil, natural gas and the natural gas liquids and liquefied petroleum gas markets throughout Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma, according to its website.

GraMer Group growing

Annice Germon, broker with GraMer Group Real Estate Services LLC in Gilmer, has moved into an office of her own at 510 U.S. 271 S. after running a home-based business.

"I decided I needed more space, and the company is growing," she said, adding that she plans to hire three agents as soon as the business becomes licensed.

Germon, who has sold real state for 14 years and became a broker four years ago, said her brokerage handles residential, farm, ranch, land and some commercial real estate transactions.

"What I am hoping to do is offer more services to this area of East Texas," she said. "And as our company grows, we will be able to meet all the needs of the community as well as being community participants and productive citizens."

Her term as president of the Longview Area Association of Realtors ends this month, but Germon said she will remain active in the organization. She also serves as a state-level mediator and on the professional standards committee of the Texas Association of Realtors.

Her office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and by appointment.

For more information, visit

New shoe store

Shu Deal has expanded into Longview by opening a store selling shoes, boots and accessories for girls and women at 2147 Gilmer Road, Suite 100.

Shu Deal also has three locations in Dallas, one in Mesquite and another in Arlington.

Shu Deal is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit

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