Language Line Adds On

Language Line Services, a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, has acquired  Teleinterpreters, a provider of language services to “limited-English speakers” and the organizations who serve them. No financial terms were disclosed.


Language Line Services today acquired Teleinterpreters, forming the premier provider of language services to the nation’s growing population of Limited-English speakers and the organizations who serve them. The announcement was made by Dennis Dracup, Language Line Services’ chairman and chief executive officer: “This acquisition strengthens Language Line Services’ phone and video-based services, adds document translation and face-to-face interpretation, and solidifies our position as the leading language company in the world.”

Founded in 1982, Language Line Services provides interpretation services in more than 175 languages and counts more than half of the nation’s Fortune 1000 companies among its customers. Sparked by favorable market conditions and an evolving suite of innovative product offerings, Language Line Services’ business has expanded considerably in the last several years making it the largest global player in over-the-phone interpretation services.

Teleinterpreters, a Language Line Services’ competitor, was founded in 1987. It is a top-tier language services company that provides over the phone interpretation, document translation and face-to-face interpretation services. In 1998, Teleinterpreters expanded upon its language services model to serve industry and government sectors with on-demand, telephone-based access to language services and support the rigorous requirements of the medical and legal industry sectors.

“This acquisition will fuel Language Line Services’ growth plans and better meet the needs of Language Line Services’ and Teleinterpreters’ global customers and the nation’s growing number of limited-English speakers,” said Dennis Dracup, Language Line Services’ chairman and chief executive officer. “Our goal is to continue to build a truly great company.”

The acquisition will give Language Line Services’ and Teleinterpreters’ clients access to expanded resources and expertise. Teleinterpreters will begin operating under the Language Line Services name immediately with integration of customer service and operations completed during 2008.

About Language Line Services (LLS)

Language Line Services, the world’s leading provider of language-based services, is a trusted partner to thousands of organizations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom whose focus is to effectively serve the rapidly expanding market of limited English speakers. The company delivers a dynamic suite of solutions spanning phone and video interpretation, document translation, interactive software-based translation, and interpreter training and certification programs, enabling clients to communicate with customers in their preferred language. Through its leading-edge technology infrastructure, Language Line Services delivers support for over 175 unique languages to its industry-leading portfolio of clients across markets including healthcare, financial services, government, telecom, packaged goods, insurance services, travel, and more. For information on how Language Line Services is helping clients achieve their strategic multi-cultural marketing and regulatory compliance objectives, please call 1-800-752-6096 or visit