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DataPerk—one of Alabama’s premier technology solutions providers—recently acquired a local tech firm, ByteSize. We took a look at DataPerk, their recently-renovated office building and what the new acquisition means!
In 2001, recent grad student Troy Wallwork began helping small, local companies manage their computer network systems. Now, nearly 20 years later, the one-man-show has grown into DataPerk, one of Alabama’s premier technology solutions providers.
DataPerk conducts IT support for small and medium businesses throughout the SouthEast, ranging from companies with 500 computers to companies with two. The company offers a variety of services, including:
- Web Design
- Programming and Hosting
- Data Cabling
- Network Design
- Hardware/Software Support
- Network Security
Located in Historic Mack Truck Garage
After searching around for office space, DataPerk eventually settled in a historic building at 2515 6th Ave South. The 30,000 square-foot brick warehouse was originally built in 1924 as a garage and showroom for the Mack Truck Company.
In 2013, Troy Wallwork purchased the abandoned building and worked with CCR Architecture & Interiors to renovate the space, aided by Alabama Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Half of the building became the new home for DataPerk, while the remaining space was turned into an event venue, Haven.
“We worked with the National Parks and Historical Commission to renovate the building by looking at old photos and trying to restore it as accurately as possible. Lots of positive things happened during the process—for instance, when we removed the lead paint from the ceilings, we found that it had perfectly preserved the original wood.”Troy Wallwork, DataPerk, President and Founder
DataPerk Acquires Local Competitor
Recently, DataPerk acquired local Homewood-based tech company, ByteSize. ByteSize has been around since 1985, when it started out selling and installing some of the first computer networks in Birmingham. Since then, ByteSize has moved away from hardware and into IT Services.
Now that ByteSize founder Jerry Field has retired, DataPerk moved to acquire the company. Since the deal closed several months ago, DataPerk has been transitions ByteSize employees to the office and contacting clients to make them feel comfortable with the transition.
“The acquisition was a good fit—the owner of ByteSize had retired, and his son was running it. Since Birmingham has a small business community, we trusted the team at ByteSize and knew that their workplace philosophy would fit well with ours.”Troy Wallwork, DataPerk, President and Founder
ByteSize is DataPerk’s third acquisition in the past three years, including IT Express in 2017 and Birmingham VentureNet in 2018.