Venture's new venture
Here's some from a piece I'll have in print Friday about Rochester-based Venture Computer Systems buying a company with offices in Iowa and Wisconsin.
A Rochester technology firm is extending its reach into Iowa and Wisconsin by buying another IT company.
Venture Computer Systems bought Orion Computer Services, which has offices in Decorah, Iowa and Prairie du Chien, Wis., on Oct. 31.
“It is a great fit,” says Venture owner Jon Eckhoff. “The transition has been remarkably smooth.”
Both firms offer a variety of business technology services and products.
Orion has taken on the Venture name and all of the nine employees remain on staff. The owners, Rich and Crystal Huhn, are acting as consultants as the phase out of the operation.
Venture now has four offices – Rochester, Decorah, Prairie du Chien and Mankato – with 38 employees.
Eckhoff started Venture in his basement in 1994. He acquired the Mankato office in 2003.
“It (the Mankato acquisition) worked out so well, we’ve always kept an open mind about similar deals,” he said.
Now that the Orion deal is complete, Venture is looking at other options.
“We are already in talks with another company in a different city,” says Eckhoff.