Marco Buys IT Services Firm BusinessWare Solutions

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“Local technology services producer Marco announced Friday that it has purchased BusinessWare Solutions, an IT services and managed print company headquartered in Hutchinson.

BusinessWare Solutions has been in business for 23 years, and has locations in Owatonna, Willmar and Chanhassen.”

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Post PeopleNet Purchase, Trimble’s Local Office Tops 500 Employees

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By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune

The PeopleNet acquisition of 2011 has worked out for California-based Trimble Transportation, the big trucking-logistics-mobile solutions operation.

In a tip of the hat to the strong-performing PeopleNet business, Trimble held its annual meeting last week in Minnetonka. And it is home base for a growing PeopleNet.

Since 2011, PeopleNet has grown from 132 employees to nearly 800, as part of Trimble’s Mobile Solutions business segment. That includes 500 Minnesota employees.”

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SportsEngine Acquires BracketPal

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SportsEngine, a division of NBC Sports Group, today announced that it has acquired BracketPal, the leading beach volleyball league and tournament management software company. The BracketPal team joins forces with Advanced Event Systems (AES), which was acquired by SportsEngine in 2015, to further add to SportsEngine’s comprehensive suite of volleyball technology.”

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Tesla Buys Brooklyn Park Factory Automation Firm Perbix

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“DETROIT (AP) — Electric car company Tesla Inc. is buying Perbix, a Minnesota-based maker of highly automated manufacturing equipment. Perbix has been a supplier to Tesla for three years. It has built custom machinery for Tesla’s Fremont, California, assembly plant as well as its battery plant in Nevada. Perbix will continue to be based north of Minneapolis. It currently employs 150 people, but Tesla says it will recruit more.”

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Blaine Tech Firm SPC Acquired By Convergint Technologies

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Convergint Technologies, a worldwide leader in service-based systems integration, today announced the acquisition of Minnesota-based Security Products Company (SPC).  Founded in 1976, SPC is a full-service provider of physical and electronic security systems, construction management services, IT and cybersecurity solutions, and marketing solutions. This is the 13th company acquired by Convergint in the past two years.”

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GrowthZone Buys Utah-Based BuilderFusion

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“NISSWA, Minn., Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — GrowthZone, leading providers of software and technology solutions for associations and chambers of commerce, recently announced it has acquired BuilderFusion.

The acquisition solidifies GrowthZone as the leader in the home builder association (HBA) management software market. Both GrowthZone and BuilderFusion focus on providing innovative, quality software to help associations grow and streamline tasks. BuilderFusion brings with it a multi-faceted product and an established customer base, complementing GrowthZone’s strategic initiative to expand its market footprint.”

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Pohlad Acquires Shoreview Robotic Automation Firm PaR Systems

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Pohlad family has acquired Shoreview-based PaR Systems, Inc., a leading provider of integrated robotic automation and specialized material handling solutions, from MML Capital Partners, an international private equity firm. Terms were not disclosed.”

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Strayer To Swallow Capella In ~2B Combo Deal

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Strayer Education, Inc. and Capella Education Company Combine to Create a National Leader in Education Innovation. Merger of Equals Brings Together Two Best-in-Class Academic Institutions.  Strayer University and Capella University to Continue Operations as Independent, Accredited Institutions of Higher Education; Faculty and Academic Support Service Positions at Both Universities to Be Maintained.”

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Hoonuit Acquires Whitewater Learning

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Hoonuit, the catalyst for education excellence through data analytics and professional development, announces the launch of university accredited professional learning courses.

The courses will be provided through Pathways, a new enhancement to Hoonuit’s online professional development solution, which groups similar modules together to provide a well-rounded study of a topic. Each pathway has required modules, and a number of elective modules to enable personalization.”

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