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EO Johnson Acquires Locknet®, Inc. of La Crosse

19 Sep, 2012

La Crosse, WI -Sept. 2012 - EO Johnson Office Technologies, an industry leader in document, print, and office technologies, announces its purchase of Locknet®, Inc., one of the top managed service providers in North America. Based in La Crosse, WI, Locknet® provides full managed services and managed security services to customers throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Locknet® will operate as a division of EO Johnson Office Technologies, and its name reflects the new ownership: Locknet® – A Division of EO Johnson Office Technologies. All Locknet® products will remain in place furthering Locknet®’s commitment to security-focused IT services. Furthermore, all Locknet®’s 32 management, support, and engineering employees have transitioned to EO Johnson. Locknet®’s 23 La Crosse-based employees will move to EO Johnson’s new facility located in Onalaska. The anticipated move date for employees is September 7, 2012. Building expansion plans are underway to add an additional 6,000 square feet to the EO Johnson facility, including a state-of-the art secure Network Operating Center (NOC) and Help Desk.

Locknet® has offices in La Crosse and Eau Claire, WI and Cedar Falls, IA. As a result of the acquisition Locknet® will add full service offices in Eau Claire and Wausau, WI and Rochester, MN – markets where EO Johnson has offices.

“Our business is changing rapidly and moving to a services-focused industry. Managed network services is at the head of that line,” said Mary Jo Johnson, CEO/Owner – EO Johnson Office Technologies. “We have been working hard to develop and market a managed network services product, and our acquisition of Locknet® perfectly positions us in this space. We absolutely could not have found a better company - Locknet® is an industry leader and equally important matches our culture and our commitment to customer service.”

Roger King, President/COO – EO Johnson Office Technologies agrees. “Our customers are telling us they want help in managing their organizations and technologies better, primarily in dealing with their business information. Acquiring Locknet® and its talented employees will allow us to bring exciting new offerings to our customers. We project robust growth in this division for many years to come.”

The enthusiasm is mutual. “Thanks to this acquisition, we are now ready to advance to the next level in our quest to provide world-class managed services and support,” said Peter Kujawa, president - Locknet® Division, EO Johnson Office Technologies. “Not only will our Locknet® customers continue to receive the services they have come to expect from us, but we will be able to expand and provide the advantages of one fully integrated technology provider.”

About EO Johnson Office Technologies:
EO Johnson Office Technologies is an industry-recognized leader among independent dealers providing office technologies and equipment. In business since 1957, EO Johnson is known for its service and sales excellence. The company was founded by Emery O. (E.O.) Johnson and is now run by his daughter, Mary Jo. EO Johnson has offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and La Crosse, WI and Rochester, MN, and its Pure Water Technology division provides a point-of-use drinking water system.

About Locknet® - A Division of EO Johnson Office Technologies:
Over the last 30 years, Locknet® has become one of the largest Managed Service Providers (MSPs) in the Midwest, serving hundreds of clients, from offices in La Crosse, WI and Cedar Falls, IA. Locknet® has become a premiere provider for financial institutions and is an FFIEC examined technology service provider. Locknet is one of North America’s top 200 MSPs, offering managed firewall, cloud backup, network management and security, network installation and support and houses a state-of-the-art support center in La Crosse, WI, where they provide full-service 24/7 support.

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