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ALATEC Acquires USi, Establishes Major Rebrand as Ignite

Huntsville, Ala., April 22, 2016 – ALATEC, Inc. has acquired USi, an expert technology and engineering solutions provider, as a wholly owned subsidiary. The two Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses are based in Huntsville, Ala. Marking the occasion, ALATEC is establishing a corporate rebrand and has changed its name to Ignite.

“USi is a significant part of igniting our own innovation in that they are a younger company on the leading edge of education information technology,” said Jason Shelton, Ignite President and CEO. “The model USi has facilitated for local schools is one we can replicate from a business standpoint to carry over into other offerings, allowing us to innovate and be ahead of the curve.”

To better reflect the company’s mission to offer a wider range of customers with innovative solutions and a greater depth of services, the tagline has been changed to “Fueling Innovation.”

“The acquisition benefits USi customers because we can provide a broader array of services, including cyber, modeling and simulation, training, and technology services,” said Clayton Hinchman, Ignite COO. “We solve problems differently, and we will continue to be different in the way we approach customer problems and solutions.”

Ignite is now managed by Jason Shelton, President and CEO, Brandon Umphrey, Vice President and CFO Clayton Hinchman, COO, and continues to operate as a partial employee-owned company.

“Our commitment to encouraging and growing employee ownership in the business is a trend we will continue,” said Mr. Shelton.  “We want everyone to be invested in the success of the business and share in the rewards.”

As the company implements corporate changes, it honors ALATEC’s 15-year heritage, established by founder and former principal Larry Anderson, and maintains a reputation for consistently providing quality people and services.

“ALATEC is a success story written by our founders through their commitment to excellence,” said Brandon Umphrey. “Ignite is the next chapter in that story and will continue the same commitment to excellence.”

The combined companies will provide 250 employees in 17 states. Ignite is located near Cummings Research Park, the second largest research park in the nation.



About Ignite, Inc.

Ignite provides technical and professional services to Federal and commercial customers across the nation. Ignite has five active prime contracts supporting the U.S. Army and Missile Defense Agency and 20 subcontracts in 17 states, collectively performing $25M annually in IT, application of software tools, modeling, simulation and analysis, advisory and assistance services, and training. Ignite is an ISO 9001:2008, VA Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, and a partial Employee-Owned Company.

About USi, Inc.

USi, Inc. is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that provides high quality solutions and services including information technology, systems and software engineering, and business solutions to its clients. USi is the IT services leader for enabling unprecedented results in student learning in the southeast and serves federal programs, large defense and technology firms, and non-profit organizations.