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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 05, 2019 12:22 pm

Verbatim: Sweetwater Owner Chuck Surack Purchases Local Internet Provider

The following was released on Wed., June 5, 2019:

Fort Wayne, IN, June 5, 2019 – Sweetwater is pleased to announce the purchase of local wireless Internet service provider ZipSpider, which serves eight counties in a Tri-State area that includes northeast Indiana, southeast Michigan, and northwest Ohio.

This change was effective May 17, and current ZipSpider customers have experienced no disruption in service or billing. The ZipSpider headquarters will remain in Angola and current employees will remain on staff.

The acquisition was a logical next step for Chuck Surack, who has been working to improve connectivity in the Tri-State area. Several years ago, frustrated by the inability to get service at his lake home, he founded Lakeland Internet. Since then, Lakeland has worked diligently to provide streaming quality broadband to a meaningful number of homes in that area.

The acquisition of ZipSpider will help expedite the reach and growth of quality broadband throughout the area, and specifically in northeast Indiana.

Just as Surack founded Sweetwater 40 years ago to provide customers easy access to music technology, he’s done the same for the businesses that comprise his Sweet Family of Companies. SweetCars, Longe Optical, All Pro Integrated Systems, Sweet Aviation, and Lakeland Internet were all born out a desire to solve a problem, preserve jobs in the area, or to meet a need for quality service within the region.

“The high standards of business ethics and principles we strive for at ZipSpider are the same high standards that Chuck Surack has and instills in his team. It just made good business sense to hand the company off to him and to continue the growth and expansion of rural broadband throughout northern Indiana and the greater Tri-State area,” said ZipSpider owner Steven Swick.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand our wireless internet footprint in the Tri-State area,” said Surack. “We believe Sweetwater’s track record of technological expertise and exceptional service will be an asset to the company as we look for ways to improve connectivity in the lake and rural areas.”