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Dynics Acquires Ann Arbor Technologies

Two Ann Arbor-based industrial computer manufacturers combine operations.

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Dynics Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich., a manufacturer of custom industrial computer products, has acquired the assets and liabilities of Ann Arbor Technologies Corp., also of Ann Arbor and a manufacturer of industrial computer products. Terms and amounts of the transaction were not disclosed.

The company will keep the Dynics name, while Ed Gatt, owner and president of Dynics, will remain as company president. James Drenning and Rick Barnich, both principals and officers of Ann Arbor Technologies, will both serve on the corporate board and maintain executive positions at Dynics.

Dynics will support and promote the Ann Arbor Technologies and Dynics product lines through the combined existing distribution and representative channel of more than 50 firms. To accommodate the combined companies, operations will be moved to a new 15,000 square-foot office and manufacturing facility in Ann Arbor.

“This combination of two similar-sized firms gives us an opportunity to not only gain economies of scale from increased size, operational efficiencies and lower production costs, but also positions the company for future growth by offering a full product line of flat screen industrial computers, touchscreen monitors and system enclosures to the marketplace through our expanded distribution channel,” states Gatt. “In addition, the merger also allows us to take advantage of increased cash flows that can be used for additional product advertising and promotion, along with exploring additional markets outside of industrial automation that require rugged computers.”

Drenning, president of Ann Arbor Technologies, adds, “Our two companies are very complementary. Our product-based strategy offsets Dynics’ custom project-based business and our joint employee skill sets fill gaps in both organizations. The combined product and resource strength of the two companies paves the way for future growth.”

Gatt continues, “In the increasingly commodity marketplace of industrial computers, products and solutions are differentiated through the value they offer at a low price. By utilizing a shared inventory and our in-house metal fabrication shop, we are able to lower production costs of existing systems to continue providing competitive pricing. In addition, we also add value by offering customized, turnkey solutions for any application that requires a NEMA-rated (for National Electrical Manufacturers Association) industrial computer, monitor or enclosure system.”

The transaction is expected to be final by end of July.

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