Corvisa lays off 26 employees

Cloud communication provider in midst of acquisition

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Milwaukee-based Corvisa LLC has laid off 26 employees at its headquarters at 1610 N. Second St. in the Schlitz Park office complex near downtown Milwaukee.Technology

Some of the affected employees were eliminated on Dec. 10, and will be paid their wages through Feb. 8, and some were laid off on Dec. 21, and will be paid their wages through Feb. 19. All of the laid off employees will receive subsidized benefits through the end of February. A company representative could not be reached for further details on the layoff.

Corvisa, a cloud communications firm formerly known as CorvisaCloud, announced last week it is being acquired for $8.5 million by Sunnyvale, Calif.-based ShoreTel Inc. It is currently owned by Kansas City, Mo.-based Novation Companies Inc.

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As part of the deal, 94 Corvisa employees will join ShoreTel. Most of those employees are located at the Corvisa headquarters. The company also has locations in Tampa, Fla., Kansas City and Chicago.

In 2014, Corvisa nearly doubled its headquarters, to 35,000 square feet, and added about 100 jobs companywide. Earlier this year, the company had approximately 200 employees, more than 100 of whom were based in Milwaukee. In April, Corvisa acquired Codebox.

Corvisa integrates contact center software, business phone systems and connectivity services into one business communication platform, hosted in the cloud, called Summit. It offers users access to the code for the platform so they can customize it to their needs.

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ShoreTel is a provider of IP Phone systems and unified communications solutions for businesses. The firm does business all over the world. Its headquarters are in Silicon Valley. Besides the headquarters, its largest technical offices are in Austin, Texas and in Bangalore, India. The Milwaukee office will be its next largest technical office, after those three.

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