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  • COURTESY OF AMERICAN DIGITAL American Digital is expected to move into this new Elk Grove Village headquarters in coming weeks.

      COURTESY OF AMERICAN DIGITAL American Digital is expected to move into this new Elk Grove Village headquarters in coming weeks.

  • Norb Wojcik

      Norb Wojcik

 
 

American Digital Corp., a 25-year-old technology services company, is moving its headquarters from Arlington Heights to Elk Grove Village in coming weeks so it can double its space to accommodate increased business and two major acquisitions.

The company, that offers data storage and other products to large companies, just spent roughly $3 million to acquired Helixstorm, a provider of managed services in Murrieta, Calif. A couple of years ago, American Digital bought V Comp Services in Lombard, which offered virtual computing services. And it plans more such acquisitions, said American Digital President and CEO Norb Wojcik.

"We have customers that look at their data center as a strategic advantage so they could be better than their competition. They don't look at it as an expense," Wojcik said.

The Helixstorm addition is part of American Digital's expansion to offer more digital services to large companies nationwide. It focuses on commercial, health care and educational markets for now. But that also could change. The company next is seeking to offer cloud services, which allow companies to store data and other services via a data center that could be located anywhere.

But Wojcik isn't going to buy just any company. The fit and culture have to be just right, he said.

"We're going to continue to get the right resources to keep growing," he said.

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