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IT Company Expands to Michigan

Saalex subsidiary acquires firm with three offices.

Valeo Networks has acquired a Michigan company and expanded its reach in the Midwest. 

Financial terms of the deal between Valeo, in Rockledge, Fla. and Next I.T., in Muskegon, Mich., were not disclosed. Valeo Networks is the information technology division of Saalex Corp. in Camarillo.

Next I.T. is the sixth and largest acquisition to date for Valeo Networks and further supports its goal of building a national network of IT and cybersecurity experts to comprehensively support and protect its client base, according to a release from the company.

Travis Mack, chief executive of Valeo, said the company was thrilled to welcome Next I.T. to the network’s family. 

“Their deep skill set and broad expertise will be an excellent fit within our organization, as we continue to advance our nationwide growth strategy,” Mack said in a statement. “As with each of our divisions, we will partner with Next I.T. to strengthen resources and capabilities in cybersecurity, managed services, cloud solutions and compliance.”

The company will continue to operate as Next I.T. and maintain its current Michigan office locations in Muskegon, Kalamazoo and Traverse City. The Next I.T. team consists of Microsoft Corp. certified engineers, Cisco certified engineers, and certified technicians at both HP and Dell. They specialize in providing IT products for clients across a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, nonprofits, and health care, the Valeo release said. 

Eric Ringelberg, chief executive and founder of Next I.T., said he was excited for his company to be part of a larger organization. 

“The Valeo leadership team really stood out to me in offering a true partnership, holding the same values, and having a track record of keeping its acquired companies intact,” Ringelberg said in a statement. “I look forward to accelerating Next I.T.’s growth throughout the Midwest region with the resources, capital backing and collaboration that Valeo Networks provides.”

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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