Grand Rapids’ Service Express Expands to U.K. Through Acquisition

Service Express, a Grand Rapids company that offers third-party, post-warranty data center maintenance services, has acquired Blue Chip, a third-party maintenance and managed services company in the United Kingdom. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Service Express, a data center maintenance services company, has acquired Blue Chip in the United Kingdom. // Stock photo

Service Express, a Grand Rapids company that offers third-party, post-warranty data center maintenance services, has acquired Blue Chip, a third-party maintenance and managed services company in the United Kingdom. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition is the fifth for Service Express and the company’s first internationally.

“Our acquisition of Blue Chip in many ways formalizes the two companies’ existing multi-year partnership,” says Ron Alvesteffer, president and CEO of Service Express. He will retain his position of the combined company and work to build the Blue Chip leadership team.

Service Express has delivered on-site hardware maintenance for mission critical servers, storage, and networking equipment since 1993. It has more than 50 offices across the U.S. and serves more than 4,000 enterprises including global manufacturers and integrated health systems as well as retail, higher education, financial services, cloud services, and government clients internationally.

Blue Chip was founded in 1987 and delivers information technology solutions. The addition of Blue Chip is expected to increase business for Service Express by 40 percent, and Blue Chip says it hopes the combination will allow the companies to expand services further into Europe as well as into the Middle East and Africa.

Service Express is a portfolio company of Harvest Partners, a New York-based private equity firm. Harvest Partners acquired Service Express in 2019.

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