North State Communications Enhances Business Services Offerings with Agreement to Acquire DataChambers

HIGH POINT, NC, December 15, 2011 – North State Communications announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Winston Salem-based DataChambers, an information technology (IT) company that offers a full range of managed services and secure co-location facilities for mission-critical IT infrastructure.

“The acquisition advances our strategy to diversify our business and revenue mix and will strengthen North State’s efforts in becoming the preferred provider of business communications and data solutions across the Triad and beyond,”” said Hayden McKenzie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of North State Communications. “DataChambers operates approximately 120,000 square feet of data center and disaster recovery space, and offers electronic data storage and managed IT services that will benefit both existing and new customers.“

“We are very excited to join the North State family,” said Nicholas Kottyan, Chief Executive Officer of DataChambers. “We believe that this combination will offer our customers the opportunity to grow with us, while providing additional value to North State’s customers and shareholders.”

A full-service information technology and managed services company, DataChambers specializes in electronic data storage, 24×7 managed information technology solutions and secure co-location services for mission-critical information technology infrastructure. The company is SAS 70 Type II audited and meets rigorous national standards for safeguarding client systems and data. DataChambers was named one of 2011’s fastest growing companies as part of Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 500/5000 and was ranked 18th in Business Leader magazine’s 2011 Top 300 Small Businesses of the South. It also was recently named one of the 50 fastest-growing, privately held companies in the Triad by The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area.

The acquisition does not include the records management business, Data-Chambers Records Management, which will be retained by the current owners. Stifel Nicolaus & Co., Incorporated served as exclusive financial advisor to DataChambers in the transaction. Charlesmead Advisors, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to North State Communications. Financing for the acquisition was facilitated by High Point Bank in partnership with US Bank.

ABOUT NORTH STATE COMMUNICATIONS

One of the nation’s top 15 largest communications companies, North State Communications (NSC) provides the preeminent Internet, voice, wireless, data and advanced television services to businesses and consumers in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. NSC’s Plex Advanced TV and Broadband Internet services are backed by the area’s most advanced fiber optic network. The company’s unique blend of superior technology and service delivery has made it one of the fastest growing telecommunications and home entertainment providers in the region.

About DataChambers

DataChambers is a full-service information technology and managed services provider specializing in electronic data storage, 24×7 managed information technology solutions and secure co-location services for mission-critical information technology infrastructure. The company is SAS 70 Type II audited and meets rigorous national standards for safeguarding client systems and data. DataChambers’+ 120,000 -square-foot data center is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. For more information, visit DataChambers.com.

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