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The jobs of six Grass Valley high-tech workers have been saved because of a suggestion from a Japanese company to ISIS Group of Grass Valley.

ISIS, a manufacturer of professional audio and video equipment, said it has acquired the assets and employees of Graham-Patten Systems from Klotz Digital America for an undisclosed sum.

Graham-Patten manufactures audio mixing, conversion and distribution systems, a business Klotz wanted to exit. Klotz, which bought Graham-Patten in 2001, planned to shut down the operation and lay off its workers.



That’s when Totsu International Co. of Tokyo, the Japanese distributor for Graham-Patten and ISIS products, suggested that ISIS take a look at the company.

“The closer we looked, the more excited we got,” said Steve Block, CEO of ISIS. “They have a product line we don’t have, and they’re in the same industry. They have talent we just didn’t have.”




The deal closed Tuesday. GPS will move its operations to the ISIS facility at 119 E. McKnight Way.

“It’s a merger that works very well for us,” said Tom Vick, general manager of Graham-Patten. “ISIS is such a natural fit because we complement each other.”

Graham-Patten is the second acquisition by ISIS this year. The company recently acquired Comprep of Grass Valley, a contract printed circuit board assembler. ISIS now has 20 employees.


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