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Online Tech Acquired by Schurz Communications Inc.

The Ann Arbor, MI-based HIPAA-compliant hybrid cloud provider, Online Tech, has been acquired by Mishawaka, IN-based Schurz Communications Inc.

Schurz Communications is primarily an information company which owns three broadband companies, and has newspaper and digital media operations that produce 11 daily newspapers and 7 weeklies along with a range of niche publications.

Online Tech is a leading cloud provider that also offers colocation, data protection, and data recovery services. Online Tech has been in business for around 25 years and currently serves almost 500 clients, predominantly in the Midwest. The company has seven data centers and offers a range of managed services, including disaster recovery-as-a-service, data protection-as-a-service, and managed Microsoft Azure deployments. The firm provides enterprise-class infrastructure to mid-market companies and has a strong focus on security and compliance and was one of the first companies to offer a HIPAA-compliant cloud platform to healthcare organizations.

The independent merchant banking and advisory firm, Moorgate Capital Partners, LLC, was retained by Schurz Communications in 2015 during the sale of its broadcast assets. Moorgate Capital Partners has continued to advise Schurz Communications on its diversification strategy to ensure future growth. Online Tech was determined to be the best possible fit.

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The acquisition has allowed Schurz Communications to enter the rapidly growing cloud market and hit the ground running with a proven platform that can continued to be developed for future generations.

“Our company is known for patient capital that assists growing companies realize their aspirations.  Online Tech represents one of the most exciting opportunities in the cloud market today,” said Todd Schurz, President and CEO Schurz Communications. “The strong and proven management team has ambitious goals in this rapidly growing industry, and we are excited to provide the support necessary to achieve them.”

As part of the deal, Online Tech has seen Brad Cheedle and Tom Wilten of Cloudworthy join the company as CEO and CFO.

Author: Steve Alder is the editor-in-chief of HIPAA Journal. Steve is responsible for editorial policy regarding the topics covered on HIPAA Journal. He is a specialist on healthcare industry legal and regulatory affairs, and has several years of experience writing about HIPAA and other related legal topics. Steve has developed a deep understanding of regulatory issues surrounding the use of information technology in the healthcare industry and has written hundreds of articles on HIPAA-related topics.