An email to customer from the chairman of software firm MEI said the company has shut down daily operations.
“After almost three decades of strong success, MEI has confronted difficult financial challenges that forced the company to cease many of its operations this month,” the Jan. 10 email read.
“Although we are working to obtain appropriate funding, the current plan is to wind down daily operations and work closely with our quality partners and other system integrators to transition customer relations and support for long-term success,” the email read.
The email said more information would be coming from the company this week, as it becomes clear what the next steps are. The company was working to restore basic phone support, the email said. It said people could reach out to the company through firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEI, with offices in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, provides content production software and services for publishers and content creators. It’s the product developer of TruEdit and North American distributor for Twixl Publisher and vjoon K4 software.
Among its clients, according to its website, are The Washington Post, Miami Herald, Pearson, Wired, National Geographic and the Los Angeles Times.
A long form dissolution for Managing Editor Inc., was filed on Dec. 31, 2018, with the state of Delaware. MEI was founded in 1990 as Managing Editor Inc.
MEI did not respond to requests for comment from News & Tech.
A post from Chris Perez, CEO and creative director at branding and marketing agency Left Right Media, said Belgium-based Twixl Media has announced the ending of its partnership agreement with MEI following the recent developments. “This situation has no impact at all on your current Twixl subscription, everything will keep on working like it has automatically,” said an email from Marketing Manager Laurent Gerniers, according to Perez. “Our company is not affected by this situation, so there is no impact on the continuity of our own activities,” the email said.
Perez said Austin-based Left Right has worked with MEI almost since Left’s Right’s start. Perez said his company was ready to help those uprooted by the closure of MEI or other developments in the industry. He suggested employers use LinkedIn to take a look at MEI employees to fill open jobs.