The 7th Largest LSP in the World Announces 20 Years in the Business
Frederick, Maryland – June 14, 2017 – Welocalize, global leader in innovative translation and localization solutions, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Since 1997, Welocalize has grown to become a world leader in managed language services and is one of the most well-respected brands in the industry, supporting businesses across the entire global journey from patent filing through digital marketing, localization and quality validation.
Welocalize founders Smith and Julia Yewell formed the company in 1997 in the basement of their home. The company has now grown to over 1,500 employees based in 22 offices all over the world. Welocalize translates and culturally adapts content for many leading global brands into 175 languages and 400 language pairs and last year processed 1.16 billion words.
“We started Welocalize in 1997 with the idea of helping businesses go global and 20 years later, many of our clients get the bulk of their revenue from overseas. The urgency and importance of Welocalize and the provision of language services has escalated over the past two decades, driven by globalization, increased business activity over the internet and the rapid uptake of digital content,” said Smith Yewell, Welocalize CEO and co-founder. “Welocalize is delighted to be celebrating its 20th anniversary and I’m proud of our hard-working global teams and appreciate the loyalty of our clients and employees whose professionalism has helped Welocalize to grow and succeed over the past two decades.”
“The first word Welocalize translated back in 1997 was pathfinder. We weren’t too sure how to go about translating just one brand name but we did what the client asked of us. We translated pathfinder into multiple languages and delivered it to the client,” said Julia Yewell, Welocalize Co-Founder. “That was one word and today we process billions of words per year. To see one word lead to where we are today has been an incredible experience.”
The Welocalize family of companies includes Park IP Translations, a leader in legal language services, Adapt Worldwide, a multilingual digital marketing agency, Agostini Associati, a leader in financial services translations and Welocalize Life Sciences. Welocalize has made a number of significant acquisitions since 1997 to help establish strong expertise across all industry sectors and to further enable clients to be supported across the whole global journey. In 2012 Welocalize acquired Park IP Translations to establish the company in the regulated industries space followed by the acquisition of Texas-based CD Language Solutions (CDLS) and Italy-based Agostini Associati in 2014. 2016 saw the acquisition of London-based Adapt Worldwide, formerly Traffic Optimiser, and the acquisitions of Europe-based Nova Language Services and California-based Global Language Solutions (GLS), both now known as Welocalize Life Sciences. In June 2015, Norwest Equity Partners, a leading middle market investment firm, announced that it had made a significant investment in Welocalize.
“Welocalize is now serving a wider range of clients and doing things we wouldn’t have dreamed would have been possible 20 years ago. It is the dedication to our four company pillars: customer service, innovation, quality and global teamwork that has kept the company ahead of the competition continuously delivering customer-centric solutions,” said Erin Wynn, Welocalize Chief Customer Officer. “Welocalize is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary and I truly believe it is Welocalize’s strong culture and talented global teams who have helped Welocalize grow from a small startup to become one of the world leaders in global language solutions.”
Welocalize helps businesses to communicate with customers, partners and employees around the world, launch new products internationally and deliver critical communications to their target audiences.
In 2016, Welocalize was named by independent research firm, Common Sense Advisory (CSA) as the 7th largest language service provider (LSP) in the world and 4th largest in North America. For more information, visit www.welocalize.com
Please take a look at a short video Welocalize created to mark the occasion.
Welocalize, Inc., founded in 1997, offers innovative language services to help global brands reach audiences around the world in more than 175 languages. We provide translation and localization services, talent management, language tools, automation and technology, quality and program management. Our range of managed language services include machine translation, digital marketing, validation and testing, interpretation, staffing and enterprise translation management technologies. We specialize in consumer, technology, manufacturing, learning, oil and gas, travel and hospitality, marketing and advertising, finance, legal and life sciences industry language solutions. With more than 1,500 full-time employees worldwide, Welocalize maintains offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Japan and China. www.welocalize.com