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Prentke Romich Company Announces Merger

Posted Jan 4, 2019 - 2:15pm

The Prentke Romich Company is pleased to announce the merger of Prentke Romich Co. (PRC) and its sister company, Saltillo.

Established in 1966 by Ed Prentke and Barry Romich, PRC has grown into a worldwide developer of speech-generating devices (SGDs) as well as several innovative language systems that allow individuals with complex communication disorders the ability to express themselves.

Saltillo, founded in 1998, was the brainchild of Dave Hershberger, then Director of Research & Development at PRC. The company found success manufacturing simple, easy-to-use devices designed to complement the PRC product line and serve individuals with cognitive disabilities. The company was acquired by PRC in late 2007, with Hershberger retaining his position as president of the Saltillo unit as well as being named Chief Technology Officer for PRC.

The two entities, formerly operating as separate companies, have long shared resources including funding assistance and other operational advantages. The new structure of "two brands, one company" will continue to expand upon those advantages where feasible.

"We're pleased to formally bring the two companies under one roof," said PRC CEO Dave Hershberger. "With this move, we’ll be able to leverage the name recognition of both companies as well as our superior service, funding assistance and more."

The new company will be renamed PRC-Saltillo. Hershberger, the former CEO of Saltillo until he was promoted to CEO of Prentke Romich Co. in 2017, will remain as chief executive officer for the combined businesses.

About PRC

PRC is a global leader in the development of AAC solutions, including augmentative communication devices and other assistive technology products and support services for people with speech disorders. PRC pioneered the use of technology to bring speech and language capabilities to adults and children with disabilities over 50 years ago. Since then, its AAC solutions have enabled children and adults worldwide to achieve spontaneous, independent, and interactive communication regardless of their disability, literacy level or motor skills.

About Saltillo

Saltillo is dedicated to making personal communication possible to individuals who are unable to use their natural voices, allowing them to participate in – and enjoy – life to the fullest. From its humble beginnings in Millersburg, Ohio over 22 years ago, Saltillo continues to change lives once voice at a time. With some of the most effective and intuitive AAC solutions and support available anywhere, children, teens and adults the world over are developing language skills for a lifetime of communication.

For more information, contact Beth Mulcahy at 800.262.1984, ext. 1349.

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