Nuvera is a diversified communications company headquartered in New Ulm, Minnesota with more than 113 years of experience in the local telephone exchange and communications business. We operate in one principal business segment: the Communications Segment.
Our principal line of business is the operation of six local telephone companies or incumbent local exchange carriers (ILEC) and the operation of two competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC) telephone companies. Our original business was founded in 1905 and consisted of the operation of a single ILEC (New Ulm Rural Telephone Company). In 1984, we changed our name to New Ulm Telecom, Inc. In 1986, we acquired our second ILEC, Western Telephone Company (WTC). In 1993, we acquired our third ILEC, Peoples Telephone Company (PTC). In 2008, we acquired our fourth ILEC, Hutchinson Telephone Company (HTC). In 2012, we acquired our fifth ILEC, Sleepy Eye Telephone Company (SETC). In 2018, we acquired our sixth ILEC, Scott-Rice Telephone Co. (Scott-Rice). Our businesses consist of connecting customers to our state-of-the-art, fiber-rich communications network, providing managed services, switched service and dedicated private lines, connecting customers to long distance service providers and providing many other services associated with our businesses. Our businesses also provide Internet protocol television (IPTV), cable television services (CATV), Internet access services, including high-speed broadband access, and long distance service. We also install and maintain communications systems to the areas in and around our service territories in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. In 2002, we formed a CLEC in the city of Redwood Falls, Minnesota and acquired our second CLEC in 2008 with the acquisition of HTC. This CLEC operates in and around the city of Litchfield, Minnesota. In 2010, we acquired the cable TV system in the city of Glencoe and operate Glencoe under the Litchfield CLEC. Our CLECs offer the same services as our ILECs. In 2000, we changed our marketing name to NU-Telecom and operated under that name in our markets. In 2018, we changed our marketing name to Nuvera and currently operate under that name in our markets.
On July 31, 2018, the Company announced that it had completed its acquisition of Scott-Rice from Allstream Business U.S., LLC, an affiliate of Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (Zayo) for approximately $42 million in cash. Scott-Rice provides voice, video and Internet services with more than 18,000 connections, serving the communities of Prior Lake, Savage, Elko and New Market, Minnesota. The combined Nuvera/Scott-Rice Company has approximately 66,000 connections. Nuvera financed the acquisition with its principal lender CoBank, ACB (CoBank). Further information regarding the CoBank loan terms and amounts can be found on the Company's 8-K filed with the SEC on August 3, 2018.