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Alatec Acquires USi, Relaunches as Ignite

Huntsville, AL-based Alatec has acquired education IT service provider USi as a wholly owned subsidiary. The new combined company has been rebranded as Ignite.

According to Ignite, the move was designed to allow the business to offer a wider range of services to customers and expand into other areas. USi provided IT , systems and software engineering services to local schools, as well as federal and private sector organizations. Alatec had primarily served federal agencies and defense. Ignite operates in 17 states.

"USi is a significant part of igniting our own innovation in that they are a younger company on the leading edge of education information technology," said Jason Shelton, Ignite president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "The model USi has facilitated for local schools is one we can replicate from a business standpoint to carry over into other offerings, allowing us to innovate and be ahead of the curve."

"The acquisition benefits USi customers because we can provide a broader array of services, including cyber, modeling and simulation, training, and technology services," said Clayton Hinchman, Ignite COO, also in a prepared statement. "We solve problems differently, and we will continue to be different in the way we approach customer problems and solutions."

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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