Lowen IT purchases Wichita-based Cardinal Technology Consulting

WICHITA — For the second time in three months, Lowen IT is expanding, this time with the acquisition of a Wichita company.

Lowen IT has purchased the one-man shop of Cardinal Technology Consulting, according to Lowen IT operations manager James Starkweather.

He says the company is “just kind of your generalized IT support.”

“We’ll add a few more variables to the offering,” Starkweather says. “Their clients will get some added benefits. We can offer things like voice and virtualization.”

Lowen IT is part of Hutchinson-based Lowen Corp., a 62-year-old graphics and sign company.

In August, Lowen IT purchased Buhler-based IdeaTek Consulting Division.

“They wanted to get away from IT services and support and focus mainly on telecommunications,” Starkweather says

Lowen IT has clients all over the state, he says, and is looking for overall growth.

“Wichita is an obvious choice for us because it’s 45 minutes away,” he says.

“Any opportunities we find down there, we take advantage of.”

Lowen Corp. acquires Iowa-based Image Transform Ltd.

WICHITA — Hutchinson-based Lowen Corp., which has an IT division in Wichita, is acquiring Iowa-based Image Transform Ltd.

Lowen is a 62-year-old graphics and sign company. Image Transform is a 39-year-old digital graphics and dye sublimation fabric printing company.

“It’s basically taking the best of both worlds and making both companies stronger,” says spokeswoman Jordan Walker.

She says the acquisition “is coming at a really good time.”

“We’re currently expanding in a lot of different product lines.”

Image Transform can print on fabric, which is something Lowen used to have to use an overseas company to do.

“Currently we have to go through a third party for that,” Walker says. “Now, those types of products are going to be made in the U.S.”

Consequently, she says, turnaround times will shorten.

The biggest change at Image Transform will be the name, Walker says. It will be known as Lowen Visual Imaging. Walker says there won’t be any change in staffing levels with the acquisition.

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