A 70-year-old Clearwater telephone company has changed owners, but it remains in the family that founded it.
SKT announced this week that Kendall Mikesell and Elaine Mikesell Webb became the sole owners of the company that provides service to more than 12,000 customers in 20 towns in south-central and southeast Kansas.
Kendall and Elaine — whose father, Stephen, was the second generation co-owner of SKT — completed their acquisition of shares of the company held by their cousins, Ed and Greg, who have left the company.
Gordon Mikesell, Ed and Greg's father and second-generation owner, is retiring from the company.
The acquisition of shares was completed April 29, but the company announced it this week.
The ownership change came more than a month after SKT sold some of its Wichita-based business units.
In March, SKT sold its SKT Business Communications Solutions business to Omaha-based West Corp., and its SKTnetWorks Internet services business to Wichita-based Hubris Communications.
SKT said in its announcement this week that it also sold its SKT Wireless store in Independence to Pioneer Cellular.
Kendall Mikesell said in a news release the businesses it sold didn't fit SKT's "strategic vision."
Mikesell was traveling Thursday and couldn't be reached for further comment.
"In this day and age it is essential that a company has a clear vision, and it must be innovative and efficient," he said in a news release.
The strategy includes providing advanced telecommunications products and services to its customers, he said.