DataSite, the largest independent, Pacific Northwest-based industry member acquired

Livermore, CA, January 14, 2014 – Rob Alston, CEO of Access, announced today the company’s acquisition of Safe Site Northwest, Inc. and DataSite Business Archives, Inc. The two companies are widely recognized by the brand name “DataSite Northwest”. DataSite represents the largest privately held records and information management services provider in the Pacific Northwest.

Originally founded in 1992, DataSite’s owners, Dave Heric, Dale Mitchell and Doug Jordan have long been recognized as industry leaders in Seattle and its surrounds. With this acquisition Access broadens its operations in the Seattle area including the cities of Tacoma, Kent and Renton, and the counties of King, Pierce and Snohomish and the technology corridor of Bellevue and Redmond. Additionally, Access continues to serve a wide band of the Pacific Northwest coastline southward through Portland, Eugene and Medford, Oregon.

As the largest privately held records and information management services provider in the United States, Access serves 30 markets across the nation as well as in Latin America and can offer a single-provider advantage to clients operating in all of those markets.

“The acquisition of DataSite, due to the considerable size of its client base as well as the breadth of its capabilities, adds significantly to our strength in the Seattle area,” said Alston. “Dave, Dale and Doug built a company of impeccable integrity that enjoys a reputation for excellent client service and operates a state-of-the-art fleet and facilities with a team of highly trained professionals. We have admired this operation and team for a long time and are ecstatic about the opportunity ahead.”

Dave Heric, who notably is a past PRISM International president, will continue, along with Mitchell and Jordan, to consult with Access during a transition period. He shared, “This is a very exciting new chapter in our growth. With the increased support and financial and leadership resources that Access brings to us, our continued success – built on the stellar contributions of the DataSite staff and benefiting both our clients and our staff – is assured.” Heric continued, “We share Rob Alston’s commitment to providing the ‘very best’ and are pleased to have the opportunity to offer our clients this new level of service available to them now on an international scale.”

“DataSite’s owners embraced this new relationship from the start,” said Access President John Chendo. “They appreciated what growing with Access would mean to their clients and to their team.”
Chendo noted, “We plan to grow our business steadily throughout the year ahead and beyond and are actively seeking to find similarly excellent companies in our industry that understand the many benefits of working with us. I am personally looking forward to the opportunity to share our vision with those in our industry who consider themselves the very best.”

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Access Information Management is the largest privately held records and information management (RIM) services provider in the United States. A trusted partner to clients spanning multiple industries and markets throughout the country, Access’ complete suite of services includes records management, data protection (electronic computer media), secure destruction, and digital formatting services. The valuable business services Access provides allow clients to focus on their core businesses while reducing the costs and risks associated with document retention, management and final disposition. Access is backed by growth equity investor Summit Partners.