Berbee Changes Hands in Private Equity Deal

Wisconsin technology services company Berbee Information Networks Corp. looks like it will change hands as part of a private equity deal to acquire its parent company, CDW Corp. Madison Dearborn is offering to buy CDW Corp., of Vernon Hills, Ill., for $7.3 billion, or $87.75 per share.

Berbee, a Madison-based technology services company, is the anchor tenant in a 51,000 square foot data center project in Fitchburg, Wisc. Berbee already has two data centers – one in Madison and one in Minneapolis – and employs more than 700 people in 11 Midwestern cities.

The sale of an anchor tenant can be an anxious moment for a data center developer. Berbee chief executive officer Paul Shain told the Wisconsin State Journal that it expected no major strategic changes as a result of new ownership. “It’s really not going to impact Berbee operations at all,” Shain said.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.