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Software developer acquires Ann Arbor firm

September 11, 2013
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Software developer acquires Ann Arbor firm
A shot of SRT Solutions’ software-development office in Ann Arbor. Photo via fb.com

A Grand Rapids software developer is expanding into Ann Arbor via acquisition.

Atomic Object said today that it has acquired Ann Arbor-based SRT Solutions.

Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

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SRT Solutions’ client base has included General Motors, Domino’s and the University of Michigan.

Atomic Object said that it will retain SRT Solutions’ team and its downtown Ann Arbor office.

Atomic Object is also recruiting for designers and developers for both its Detroit and Ann Arbor offices.

“Ann Arbor is a hugely important part of Michigan’s tech scene, and we’ve been thinking about establishing a presence here,” said Atomic Object President Carl Erickson. “We love investing in Michigan, and now we have offices in its three largest markets. The acquisition is also a great investment for all of Atomic Object’s 25 employee owners.”

A “great fit”

Erickson called SRT a “great fit” for Atomic Object, praising SRT’s reputation for pleasing clients and passion for the craft of software development.

Erikson said the team at Atomic Object is excited to work with SRT’s staff.

“Having more staff gives us more diversity and more options when putting together a team for our clients,” Erickson said. “Because each office has fewer than 30 people, we can still have close-knit groups, a strong culture and a flat management structure. We can grow without changing what makes us Atomic Object.”

SRT Solutions founders

Two of SRT’s most important employees, co-founders Dianne Marsh and Bill Wagner, will not be not be joining Atomic Object.

Marsh and Wagner have accepted positions elsewhere in the software development community: Marsh will be the director of engineering for Cloud Tools at Netflix and Wagner will be a course content creator for Pluralsight and developer for Humanitarian Toolbox.

Marsh and Wagner, who founded SRT in 1999, approached Atomic Object about the acquisition in this spring.

“We both wanted to pursue other projects and were looking for someone to take on our employees and take care of our clients,” Marsh said. “Bill and I felt that Atomic Object was an ideal choice.” 

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