Convergint moves Chicago area operations into a new facility

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Saturday, January 1, 2005

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Three-year-old Convergint Technologies has grown up fast, so much so that the systems integrator moved into new headquarters here this month.

The company has doubled in size since it began installing security systems in late 2001, prompting it to seek out a larger location. The systems integrator is also in the midst of moving its Dallas location into a larger facility, while its Atlanta branch relocated to a bigger office in December 2004.

“We’ve been very fortunate,” said Greg Lernihan, president, chief operating officer and co-founder of Convergint Technologies. “In a relatively short period of time, we’ve become a significant player not only in the security business, but integrated systems business.”

The company has seen its business increase steadily. In 2003, it reported $37 million in business, a significant increase when compared to its 2002 revenue of $23 million.

Dan Moceri, president and co-founder of Convergint Technologies, declined to release revenues for 2004, but said business doubled for the 13 location company.

Company officials credit growth to its strategy of focusing on large accounts throughout North America.

For Convergint Technologies, the new, 10,000-square-foot building provides the company with ample room, with 8,000 square feet available in the future.

“The building is actually much larger than the space that we’re taking, so it gives us capacity for future growth,” said Moceri.

The company relocated from Buffalo Grove, Ill., to an area 10 miles north of the airport.

The headquarters will serve as home to 40 of the company’s 275 employees. It will also offer a working model of the security and life safety systems that Convergint Technologies installs, such as digital cameras and the EST line of fire systems.

One feature of the building that will be new to the company is Voice-over IP capability, which will link all of the company’s locations. That will enable the company to communicate more efficiently with its outside offices, said Moceri, and may be used in the future with customers.

Convergint Technologies is also working closely with distributor Anixter, who is supplying it with CAT6, a high-end cable, that when linked to wireless routers provides wireless networking in certain areas of the building.