Over the past century, the way in which humans connect with one another has changed at a rate never before experienced in history. At AscendTek, we believe it is our work that allows people to continue to adapt, innovate, and connect with one another. Whether that is through wireless internet connection on airplanes, 5G in sports stadiums, internal access in rural areas of the country, or emergency response services, our team is committed to building infrastructure across the U.S. that allows Americans to connect with family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. Here is our story.
AscendTek’s roots in telecommunications infrastructure date back to the early twentieth century with industry pioneer Skinner & Cook based in Kenilworth, New Jersey. Always an early adopter, Skinner & Cook installed one of the first television broadcast antennas for NBC atop the Empire State building in 1938. By the mid-90s, the company had transitioned exclusively to cell tower construction. Today, as the Northeast Operation of AscendTek, the team remains an early adopter as it supports customers with Electric Vehicle station construction. The Northeast Operation remains rooted in supporting clients in the local market with co-location/rawland projects focusing on civil construction.
Once again the early adopter, in 2019 Skinner & Cook saw the opportunities that existed to better support customers through asset management integrity and the impending IoT infrastructure build. They decided to expand along the East Coast by joining forces with Virginia Tower Construction to form the AscendTek family. This began AscendTek’s journey and operating philosophy to provide local authority and national strength to meet market expectations while leveraging our collective value to support client’s build plans. Founded by two industry veterans, Virginia Tower Construction, now the Mid-Atlantic Operation, further instilled the ideals of integrity, teamwork, safety, and delivering a high-quality service. These principals continue to be part of AscendTek’s core identity. With its dedicated history in the local market, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Operations continue to provide customers with the resources to complete their build schedules on time and on budget in the local markets.
Because of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Operations’ strong reputations in construction, maintenance, and upgrades of assets in the wireless communications industry within their respective markets, the team decided to expand its offerings and geographic footprint. With the expansion of the cell tower industry, including 5G network infrastructure roll-out and asset maintenance, AscendTek grew into the Southeast and Midwest markets in 2020 with the addition of Sky Telecom and Communication Builders, Inc. With this growth, AscendTek could now support national customers with tower erection services, rawlands, antennae mods, decommissioning, maintenance, civil services and fabrication of custom structures and attachments across four U.S. regional markets. The team’s focus on collaboration, reputation, and a customer centric mindset were strongly aligned with AscendTek’s culture.
In 2021, AscendTek expanded to the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and solidified the Midwest presence by welcoming SatTel Broadband out of Kent, Washington, and SRU Electric out of Cary, Illinois. Once again, with a focus on project quality, reputation, and employee safety and growth, these teams were welcomed to the AscendTek family. AscendTek is now able to support customers across over 25 states. We deliver the quality and safety of a regional wireless cell tower construction contractor with the added strength, flexibility, and value of a major industry player serving an expansive geography.
Today, AscendTek leads the way with 5G installations around the country while also providing its foundational services to upgrade, maintain and build cell towers. Our certified training program and robust human resources department ensure safety and training practices are woven into the fabric of the business. Through consistent execution of high-quality projects, AscendTek has built a strong reputation with major carriers and OEMs as safe and reliable partners to support their build plans across the country. The way people connect and communicate will forever continue to change. With our talent, resources and relationships, AscendTek plans to be at the forefront of building and maintaining the infrastructure required to support technological growth allowing for a more ways for people to connect.