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Legrand Acquires Family of Brands: Champion ONE, Approved Networks, and U.S. Critical

Posted by Kati Miale on Feb 11, 2021


Company Extends Support of Evolving Mission-Critical IT Space Needs, Continuing Best-of-Breed Technologies into Optical Networking

WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut - February 11, 2021- Legrand, the global specialist in electrical, digital building, and data center infrastructures announced today that it has acquired the Champion ONE (C1) family of brands from A&M Capital Opportunities. C1 is the leading provider of optical networking components and solutions for the telecommunication, content provider, data center, and enterprise markets. Today’s news marks the latest move by Legrand to support data center and mission-critical IT’s ever-growing need for reliable, highly available, and scalable power and connectivity solutions.

The C1 family of brands (which includes Approved Networks and U.S. Critical) has labs, offices, and warehouses located in Lake Forest, CA, and Independence, OH. C1 will join previous acquisitions AFCO, Electrorack, Ortronics, Raritan, Server Technology, and Starline as a part of the Legrand, North and Central America Data, Power, and Control (DPC) division.

“The C1 family of brands complements Legrand’s previous acquisitions to provide strong world-class engineering talent for unrivaled, customized IT infrastructure solutions,” said John Selldorff, President and CEO of Legrand, North, and Central America. “In addition, the acquisition expands our extensive mission-critical customer footprint and our reach in emerging tech, 5G, and the evolving content delivery markets. We look forward to offering customers and partners our new enhanced solutions.”

Moving forward, the acquisition will strengthen the C1 family of brands as it grows its sales and relationships. Soon, vendor-agnostic transceivers will be introduced to Legrand’s extensive IT industry partners.

“Legrand is a visionary that combines best-of-breed technologies to uniquely engineer world-renowned solutions for mission-critical facilities,” said Michael Rapp, CEO of the C1 family of brands. “We are excited to work closely with their engineering, marketing, and sales teams to broaden our reach in support of today’s evolving data center requirements.”

Champion ONE

Champion ONE and its family of brands providers state-of-the-art optical networking components and solutions for the Communications Service Provider (CSP), data centers, enterprises, and health care markets.

C1 and its family of brands have been industry leaders in quality and performance. They are backed by extensive qualification, programming, and environmental test capabilities. C1 guarantees compliance and compatibility in over 100 Network Equipment Manufacturer (NEM) environments. C1’s commitment to optical compliance and testing has made them the most sought-after choice when it comes to high-speed connectivity.