CHAMPAIGN – Scitec/TeleMatrix has moved its Champaign office to a new location – and adopted a new name.
The company, which supplies hotels and other businesses with customized phones, recently moved to 3358 Big Pine Trail, C, in the Pinehurst Commons office park off Olympian Drive. The office was previously in the Apollo subdivision off North Market Street.
Scitec/TeleMatrix closed its local warehouse in 2009 and transferred operations and customer service functions to Colorado Springs, Colo.
In December of that year, TMX Funding Inc., a Scitec/TeleMatrix affiliate, acquired the assets of Teledex, a San Jose, Calif.-based telephone provider.
TMX Funding subsequently changed its name to Cetis Inc. (pronounced SET-us), and now sells phones under the Scitec, TeleMatrix and Teledex brands.
At the time of the Teledex acquisition, then-Chief Operating Officer Jose Quiros said Scitec began planning in 2006 to become the top telephone provider in the hospitality market.
"At the time, we were the third largest provider in our core market and much smaller than our two larger competitors," said Quiros, who left the company this year.
But in 2006, Scitec took the first step by buying the assets of TeleMatrix, uniting the second- and third-largest phone providers in the hospitality market. The acquisition of Teledex gave the company all three of the top hotel-guestroom telephone brands.
Scitec's founder, Bing N. Sun, got into the phone business in 1993 after having been a researcher at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology in Urbana. For many years, Scitec was based at 1212 E. University Ave., U, until it moved to the Apollo subdivision in 2008.
After the warehouse closed in 2009, the Champaign office continued to provide marketing, outside sales, accounting and engineering functions, according to John Grubb, the company's director of marketing.
Today Cetis makes, markets and supports some of the world's most popular telephone brands. It's estimated the company's channel partners have installed more than 21 million telephones at 100,000 commercial locations globally.
In Las Vegas alone, more than 250,000 Cetis phones have been installed in hotels.
Cetis also supplies phones to restaurants, hospitals, retirement centers, call centers, military bases, government offices, school districts, colleges and universities and multinational companies.
The company's worldwide headquarters is in Colorado Springs, and it has overseas offices in China, India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Dubai and the United Kingdom.