Several new members have joined APEX in 2012, including Involta, an Iowa-based company which provides full service data center facilities and expertise to manage and protect mission critical computer systems and associated data. Founded in 2007, Involta was ranked #40 on the 2010 Inc 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States and is recognized as a preeminent provider of data center facilities and technology services in the Central United States. APEX and its partners worked extensively with the Involta management team in 2011, as the Company moved forward with plans for a new data storage facility in the Duluth Technology Park.
Also new to APEX this year is CW Technology, a leading provider in networks, information technology, print management and phone systems in the upper Midwest. CW Technology serves a wide range of customers and clientele from all over the five-state region, including city governments, health care providers, financial institutions, regional corporations, small businesses and home users. CW Technology recently announced several new additions to its Duluth staff and anticipates a strong year in 2012.
Granite Equity Partners has also joined APEX in 2012, further strengthening the relationship between APEX and one of Minnesota's leading private investment firms. Headquartered in St. Cloud,
Granite Equity Partners is a private investment firm founded by community-based entrepreneurs, executives, investors, and business professionals, who intend to make a positive impact on businesses in Greater Minnesota. The firm specializes in financing buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth company transactions, which include the sale or purchase of a business, generational transfers, or business expansions.
Finally, we are pleased to report that Citon Computer Corp has joined APEX this year. Citon specializes in IT innovation - from customized commercial PCs, to the design and deployment of high-end security solutions for international companies. The Company recently relocated to a new headquarters building in downtown Duluth to accommodate the growth of its three core businesses - Citon, Telcologix and Vilarri Mobile Solutions. The new facility will also house Citon's new Cloud Computing Data Center, further expanding its service offering to customers and clientele.
Like all APEX members, the companies above have a vested interest in seeing the communities of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin thrive. They have invested in APEX because of our results-driven approach to driving new investments and private sector job growth throughout the region. If your business is interested in joining APEX, you can learn more by contacting Sandy Johnson at: (218) 740-3667
In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Involta, CW Technology, Granite Equity Partners, and Citon Computer Corp as the newest members of APEX!