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The Cook & Boardman Group Acquires American Building Services

The Cook & Boardman Group LLC ("Cook & Boardman" or "C&B"), a leading specialty distributor of commercial door entry solutions and systems integration services announced today the acquisition of Wheeling, IL based American Building Services, LLC (ABS).  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Established in 1968, ABS is a full-service provider of architectural doors, frames, hardware and related products (including automatic opening devices, access control and electronic security products) to the commercial construction and multi-family housing markets in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.   

"We are excited to welcome American Building Services to the Cook & Boardman family of companies," said Darrin Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of C&B. "ABS is highly regarded for the quality of its customer service and technical expertise," added Anderson. "We look forward to supporting ABS and their employees with additional resources and expanded opportunities as we accelerate their growth in this major market."

"Since the company's founding over fifty years ago by my father, Ralph, excellence in customer service has been our guiding principle," noted ABS co-owner David Menn." Co-owner Mark Echales added, "ABS and Cook & Boardman share the same values and commitment to the industry and we look forward to serving an expanded customer base in this new phase of our business." David and Mark will continue to manage the company with Lee Menn under C&B ownership.

Cook & Boardman is a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co., LLC. ABS represents C&B's fourth acquisition since being acquired by Littlejohn in October 2018.

The Cook & Boardman Group Acquires Converged Communications

The Cook & Boardman Group, LLC ("Cook & Boardman" or "C&B"), a leading specialty distributor of commercial door entry solutions and systems integration services announced today the acquisition of Jacksonville, FL-based Converged Communications, Inc. (Converged).  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1985 by John Humphrey and Norman D'Accardi, Converged is a full service technology business solutions company serving a wide range of commercial and institutional customers in NE Florida and SE Georgia. The company provides managed network services; voice, data and security solutions (including fiber infrastructure); VoIP communications and cloud computing services. Converged is a corporate BICSI member with Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDD's) on staff to provide certified design and implementation of structured cabling systems.

Under terms of the agreement, the company will operate as a division of A3 Communications, which was acquired by Cook & Boardman in April 2019. A3 has been recognized as one of the nation's fastest growing systems integration companies.

Speaking of the acquisition, A3 Communications President Brian Thomas noted, "Converged is highly regarded for its technical expertise and excellent customer service, traits that have been the foundation of A3 Communications. Our values and culture match perfectly and we look forward to serving an expanding base of customers in the Southeast."

"We are excited to welcome Converged Communications to the Cook & Boardman family of companies," said Darrin Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of C&B. "The exceptional customer value created by the combination of Converged and A3 will result in accelerated growth of our systems integration business through our extensive network of branches in Florida."

"Converged Communications has earned customers' respect and loyalty by providing innovative business solutions and best-in-class support," said John Humphrey, company founder and owner. "Our team of dedicated specialists will continue that tradition under Cook & Boardman's ownership and benefit from expanded career development opportunities by leveraging the scale and growth of the combined platform," added Humphrey.

Cook & Boardman is a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co., LLC. Converged represents C&B's third acquisition since being acquired by Littlejohn in October 2018.

The Cook & Boardman Group Launches eCommerce Website and Customer Portal

The Cook & Boardman Group ("Cook & Boardman" or "C&B"),  the nation's largest distributor of architectural doors, frames, hardware and specialty products including electronic access control and systems integration services has announced the launch of their new corporate website, e-commerce platform and customer portal at www.cookandboardman.com.

Combining the convenience of online purchasing with access to C&B's network of industry experts, the site will offer quick ship options on thousands of frequently purchased products and extensive online resources, including the ability to chat live with one of the company's technical experts.

Additional customer benefits include:

  • Ability to create and save Shopping Lists for frequently purchased materials
  • Extensive library of instructional videos and technical data
  • Access to online order history
  • Ability to view and pay invoices online
  • Access to industry experts via live chat, email or phone

Regarding the site launch, Cook and Boardman CEO Darrin Anderson noted, "Our goal was to provide customers the convenience of online purchasing with the confidence that their needs are being met by giving them access to our team of industry experts. We're excited to offer this additional service and will continue to add products and resources to streamline their product selection and procurement process."

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