Industry: Automotive Protection
Socket Services: 1Gig Fiber Direct Internet Access
Location: Saint Peters, Missouri
CarShield began in a strip mall location in Saint Peters, MO. As a business in the automotive protection industry, they specialize in shielding their members from the high cost of automobile repairs and offer a wide array of vehicle service plans while priding themselves on flexibility. 16 years later, they've grown to three locations and employ just under 1,000 employees in Saint Charles County. Their newest expansion has resulted in over 75,000 square feet at their new headquarters in O'Fallon/Saint Peters.
When Socket was expanding our fiber network to Saint Peters, it resulted in CarShield and Socket working together to bring fiber internet to their business. Socket brought fiber in a diverse entrance into their building for redundancy. This means they would now have additional access to the internet by having more than one access point, creating assurance in network availability.
Nick Curran, Vice President of Operations at CarShield, says that having Socket as a separate carrier adds redundancy to CarShield's call center operations by having a higher uptime when utilizing load balancing and SDWAN solutions. "Being a nationwide company dependent on internet service providers, we were very excited to have Socket as a partner."
Curran says they enjoy working with a local company because of the benefits it brings. "Working with a local company benefits us as they know the area, allowing us to communicate better together."