Names & Notes

INS acquires Caleris call centers

Iowa Network Services (INS) announced the acquisition of Caleris, an Iowa-based company offering outsourced call center solutions and other services primarily to telecommunication and technology businesses.

“Caleris is a great fit with the back-office services we currently provide to enhance the productivity of our business customers, as the company has a great onshore call center model that competes with global leaders,” said Ron Keller, President and CEO of INS. “This is one more example of how we’ll continue to support our current customers and shareholders by diversifying into businesses with a proven track record of profitable growth.”

Caleris was founded in 2003 by two native Iowan entrepreneurs, Rick Grewell and Sheldon Ohringer, who will remain in their leadership roles with the company following the acquisition. Caleris will continue to operate under the same name.

New John Deere locations planned

Van Wall Equipment, a regional John Deere dealer group headquartered in Perry has announced the acquisition of four additional John Deere dealer locations. These new locations include Marshalltown, Tama and Grinnell with the acquisition of Southard Implement and Oskaloosa with the acquisition of Drost Equipment.

“We are pleased to be able to expand our presence in central and south central Iowa,” said Don Van Houweling, President of Van Wall Equipment. “We have built a team at Van Wall that is dedicated to increasing the profitability of our producers while, at the same time, reducing their risk, making it easier to manage their operations, and giving them a competitive edge.

“We are very fortunate to have this opportunity to join with the outstanding teams at Southard’s and Drost. For over four decades, these two dealers have built a legacy of being the first choice for the majority of producers in their region through the service they provide,” he said.

In addition to these new locations, Van Wall Equipment operates John Deere dealerships in Ames; Ankeny; Colfax; Madrid; Nevada; Olathe, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Perry; Rock Island, Ill.; Story City; and Urbandale. In addition, Van Wall operates two powersports dealerships with BMW, Honda, Polaris, Victory and Yamaha in Des Moines and Indianola.

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