Information consulting firm acquires hardware repair firm
Pittsburgh Business Times – February 19, 2007 – by Jennifer CurryCM IT of Wexford has acquired the Computer Café.
CM IT, a Wexford-based information consulting company with five employees, will gain two employees and about 200 customers from the deal. CM IT currently has about 150 customers.
In addition, CM IT also will be able to offer additional hardware repair services, an area of specialty for Cranberry Township-based Computer Café.
“Computer Café does more hardware repair than I’ve done,” said Karen Stephens, president of CM IT. “We can build computers and do a lot more hardware repair on computers.”In addition, the move will help CM IT better prepare to work with customers in need of Microsoft Vista upgrades. Microsoft Corp. rolled out Vista, its new operating system, earlier this year. With Vista requiring some hardware changes in certain situations, Computer Café will be able to offer additional assistance and expertise.
“We know that it’s going to become the new standard, and we are trying to work with our customers to think about a migration plan,” Stephens said. “Vista requires more system resources than Windows XP, such as (needing a) better video card.”
Rob Cumberledge, president and owner of Computer Café, plans to retire. He first heard about CM IT through a business broker and decided CM IT would be a good fit because it has similar clientele, he said.
Terms of the deal, which closed on Feb. 9, were not disclosed. The companies will continue to operate out of separate location for the next four to six months, Stephens said, at which point they may be consolidated into a new office along the route 19 corridor.
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