Schneider Acquires Data Center Service Firm Lee Technologies

In a move expected to strengthen an already formidable business in data centers, Schneider Electric has acquired Lee Technologies for an undisclosed sum.

Schneider, based in Rueil-Malmaison, France, announced its acquisition of Lee Technologies last week.

Founded in 1983 and based in Fairfax, Va., Lee Technologies started its business as a provider of uninterruptible power systems, air conditioning systems, generators and other mechanical and electrical support equipment for computer rooms.

The firm expanded its focus over the years to become a service provider specializing in data center infrastructure. The company designs, builds, operates, monitors and maintains the facilities by providing a range of services including consulting, site assessment, equipment specification and selection to integration, commissioning, facility operations staffing and round-the-clock proactive remote monitoring.

Lee Technology clients include Coca-Cola, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, Time Warner, Verizon and Harris Corporation.

"Lee Technologies possesses a deep and intimate knowledge of both its customers' needs and data center operations," said Laurent Vernerey, executive vice president of Schneider Electric's IT business, in a statement. "This unique combination of business and technical expertise and total lifecycle service will broaden our client base, extend our advanced service capabilities and enable us to provide our customers a totally 'managed' contract to meet their needs."

Schneider Electric, which prides itself for having its power devices in 70 percent of the world's buildings, also is a major supplier of power-control products and services for IT systems.

While the company is extending its reach in the field of energy management, so too is it expanding its business in the area of data center management. Coverage of Schneider's recent acquisition of Summit Energy Services and its collaboration with IBM are available at GreenBiz.com, as are GreenBiz Managing Editor Matthew Wheeland's news article and analysis of developments in Schneider's IT business.