Avantus Federal acquires N.C. tech firm
Far Ridgeline Engagements serves special ops
Avantus Federal has acquired North Carolina-based tech contractor Far Ridgeline Engagements (FRLE), the McLean-based IT defense contractor announced last week.
Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
“For almost 15 years, Far Ridgeline Engagements has earned eminence by maintaining a strong focus on providing solutions to our nation’s special operations and intelligence missions critical in strengthening peace and security in today’s global threat and technology environment,” Avantus CEO Andy Maner said in a statement. “This next phase of our growth will enhance our customers within the special operations and intelligence communities in need of the best tailored expertise and solutions.”
Founded in 2007, FRLE provides tailored operational, training and technical solutions, primarily supporting special operations.
“Partnering with Avantus over the past few years gave us a great appreciation for the cultural fit with FRLE,” FRLE CEO Brendan Hess said in a statement. “Merging our culture, values and capabilities provides an excellent opportunity to better serve our employees, clients and partners in the years to come.”
Private equity firm NewSpring Holdings bought Avantus Federal in October 2020, when McLean-based defense contractor E3/Sentinel LLC announced it would operate under the Avantus Federal name. Avantus had operated as E3/Sentinel since 2018, following the merger of E3 Federal Solutions and The Sentinel Co.
Avantus provides data, cyber and space services and solutions to defense, intelligence, Homeland Security and federal civilian customers. Post-acquisition, the company has 1,200 employees.