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Marion-based Involta planning 15th data storage center

Company's CEO also expects further growth by acquisition

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Involta, a Marion company that provides computer data storage for health care and other clients, has announced plans to build its 15th secure facility in Armstrong County, Pa.

UPMC, a health care provider and insurer affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, will be the anchor tenant of the nearly 40,000-square-foot data center. The high-security data center also will house mission-critical computer systems and provide related managed services for other Involta clients from Pittsburgh’s technology sector.

“More than 40 percent of Involta’s contracted revenue is generated by health care-related organizations,” Bruce Lehrman, Involta founder and CEO, said Monday in a phone interview. “We have found a lot of good opportunity in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

“We have data centers in Akron, Columbus, Cleveland and two facilities in Youngstown, Ohio. That area of Ohio and Pennsylvania is heavily populated with lot of companies having their headquarters there.”

Ed McCallister, UPMC chief information officer, said the Pittsburgh-based health care provider and insurer with 60,000 employees will leverage Involta’s assets and services.

“This new data center will allow us to expand our capacity for storing and transmitting data at a lower cost than building it ourselves, while also improving our ability to recover and restore critical data in the event of emergencies,” McCallister said in a news release.

Involta’s assets include 14 data centers, more than 5,500 fiber miles and nearly 200 employees. Lehrman said the company, which bought Data Recovery Services (DRS) in Youngstown in 2015, likely will look at additional strategic acquisitions for future growth.

“There was kind of a land grab for a while, and there are less and less opportunities for us to go into new markets,” he said. “We will look at more strategic acquisitions going forward.”

Lehrman said about 50 of the company’s 200 employees are located in the Cedar Rapids-Marion area.

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