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Logicalis Buys Auburn Hills-Based IT Provider Netarx

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AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – Logicalis Group, an international provider of IT and communications technologies based in Berkshire, England, has acquired Auburn Hills-based Netarx, an IT services provider with $60 million a year in revenue, 229  employees and customers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Arizona.

The purchase price was $34 million.

Logicalis has an office in Farmington Hills with 95 employees.

A Logicalis spokeswoman said there were no plans to trim staff at either office.

Logicalis said the acquisition builds on its existing strong Midwestern presence by expanding its IT consulting and services business, enhancing its managed services capabilities and adding a robust service desk.

The acquisition will also provide Netarx clients with access to Logicalis’ outsourced services, cloud computing and data center management solutions across the United States.

Netarx was founded in 1997 and offers IT services, network monitoring and remote operations services.

“Netarx brings nearly 170 technical and services delivery professionals to Logicalis’ already strong international technical team,” said Logicalis Inc. president and CEO Terry Flood. “Logicalis is committed to providing the most reliable and intelligent IT services to our customers wherever they may be located. Our roots in the U.S. were laid in Michigan nearly 15 years ago and the Netarx acquisition continues our growth in the Michigan market while blending important skill sets and methodologies that enhance our service offering across all of Logicalis’ geographies.”

Said Netarx principal Duane Tursi: “For Netarx the merger with Logicalis is the culmination of our business development. The combination of Logicalis’ international presence, financial strength, longevity and technical expertise are key ingredients of our decision to become part of the Logicalis family. Logicalis’ customer-focused strategy, commitment to their employees and remarkably similar corporate culture inspire tremendous excitement about our future together.”

Added Netarx principal Sandy Kronenberg: “Netarx’s geographic alignment, local brand recognition, proven track record and IT services in collaboration, data center and managed services, will bring a wealth of IT expertise to the Logicalis team. Together we will accelerate growth, share best practices, and enrich our combined organizations’ strengths creating an enterprise in which the combined sum total is much greater than our individual contributions.”

Netarx ranked 262 on the 2011 VAR500, up 146 places from 2010.  Netarx is also the recipient of prestigious awards like Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest to Work For (six consecutive years), CRN’s (Computer Reseller News) Fast Growth 100, Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, and Best Workplace in Michigan.  More at www.netarx.com.

Logicalis Group employs approximately 2,500 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 5,000 corporate and public sector customers.  To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM and Microsoft.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1 billion, from operations in the UK, US, Germany, South America and Asia Pacific.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Ltd., a South African company listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of approximately $5 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

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