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Per Mar & Midwest Alarm Services Expand in Nebraska

DES MOINES, Iowa – Per Mar Security Service, a leading provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients and the parent company to Midwest Alarm Services, is pleased to announce it has acquired GT Fire & Security based in Grand Island, NE. GT Fire & Security was founded by Gary and Tracy Hesman in 2008.

Brian Duffy, COO of Per Mar, said, “GT Fire & Security is a great company founded by wonderful people.  We are happy to have found such a perfect mutual fit.”

Gary and Tracy Hesman and the technicians from GT Fire & Security will be joining the Midwest Alarm Services team, and will continue to provide service from the Grand Island, Nebraska office.

“This is a merger of two companies who prize their employees and customers above all else,” said Doug Richard, President of Midwest Alarm Services. “By combining operations, both Midwest Alarm Services and GT will be able to improve their delivery of products and services.”

About Per Mar Security Services

Established in 1953, Per Mar Security Services is the largest, family-owned, full-service security company in the Midwest with more than 2,300 team members, operating in 23 branch locations. The company provides full-service security solutions for homes and businesses including security officer services, smart home automation, burglar and fire alarms, access control, security cameras, alarm monitoring, investigative services and background checks. For more information about Per Mar Security Services, please visit

About Midwest Alarm Services

Established in 1950, Midwest Alarm Services is a family-owned company specializing in life safety systems across four states. The company is a leading NOTIFER dealer, and provides life safety systems and services including card access systems, fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers/hoods, fire inspections, master clock systems, monitoring, nurse call systems, fire alarm system design/layout and video surveillance. For more information about Midwest Alarm Services, please visit

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Thysse Acquires Sign Edge, Expanding Their Specialty Graphics Capabilities

CONTACT: Brooke Barney, Thysse, 608.249.6951

OREGON, WI, March 3, 2020 — Thysse announced today that it has acquired Sign Edge, a Middleton-based specialty graphics firm.

“For the past 25 years, I’ve used my experience and expertise to creatively help clients with their brand, always working to offer them more,” said Jim Hagen, Sign Edge. “Joining the Varsity Squad at Thysse, I can now offer my clients a far greater spectrum of brand development solutions. Teaming with the like-minded professionals at Thysse is truly incredible.”

Combined, the companies share the same vision, to develop innovative ways to creatively and effectively develop, deploy and promote your brand. New and increased resources and capabilities include the production and installation of vehicle and ATM wraps, decorative and protective film for glass, wall murals, dimensional logos and lettering, floor graphics and more.

Hagen will be joining full time as Director of Specialty Graphics.

“Adding Jim and Sign Edge to the Thysse team is a vision turned reality for us,” said Dean Bott, General Manager, Thysse. “Besides Jim being extremely talented, he is a great guy and a perfect fit for our culture. The additional capabilities will allow us to better serve our existing clients and serve markets we have been eager to reach.”

About Sign Edge

A premier graphics and wrap company in Middleton, WI, Sign Edge, founded in 1994 has helped small businesses bolster their brand.  

About Thysse

Thysse is a third-generation, innovative company in Oregon, WI, specializing in visual communication. We are a design, printing and manufacturing company and we have the imagination and tools to customize projects, whatever they may be. We think about how your story is being told through your direct mail, your catalog, your fleet vehicles, your apparel, the sign outside your door, and the design of the lobby inside your door. We are where you go with your brand. For more information about Thysse, please visit

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The Alexander Company Welcomes Gravity Photo Co. to the Novation Campus


Contact: Steve Daubs, Owner
Gravity Photo Co.
Office: 608-620-8304
Cell: 608-630-0117 (call/text)

Gravity Photo Co. brings a new look and name, and a highly personal approach to photography

MADISON, WI – February 24, 2020 – A new kind of photographic experience comes to Madison with the opening of Gravity Photo Co. Owners Steve and Olga Daubs embrace everyone’s need for connection, helping people pay attention to the important relationships in their lives and celebrating them through amazing photographic experiences.

The new studio at 2500 Rimrock Road in the Novation Campus will be holding a grand opening party on March 5, from 5-8 p.m. The studio will be providing drinks, light hors d’oeuvres, a grand prize drawing, and special offers for those who attend.

Gravity Photo is a different kind of photographic experience. The Daubs take a highly personal approach, including pre-session interviews with family and friends to find out what’s truly behind the individual, the couple or the family, and use those insights to create unique sessions that focus on the experiences and emotions of their clients. Creating photographs that truly matter to clients also means creating custom artwork for clients’ walls so that they can see what’s wonderful about the people in their lives every day.

“You wouldn’t believe what a difference a personal approach makes in creating meaningful wall art,” says Steve. “We created Gravity to embrace everyone’s need to connect, and to help you be more mindful of the important relationships in your life.”

Steve and Olga began their photographic journey eight years ago with a focus on weddings, and they’ve developed an approach that brings the candid emotions from their wedding photography into everyday photo sessions. Gravity Photo offers full-service photography of families, couples, pets, high school seniors, head shots and branding, weddings and more. The studio has won numerous local, national, and international awards for their wedding and portrait photography.

“This location at the Novation Campus was ideal for us given its accessibility and proximity to a wonderful coffee shop – Finca Coffee,” says Steve. “It’s five minutes from downtown, and about 10 minutes from the east and west sides – it’s important to us that everyone have access.” In addition to the easy access of Madison’s primary thoroughfares (Beltline Highway at Rimrock Road and Highway 14), Novation is accessible via Madison’s network of bike paths and the Madison Metro bus system.




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Cresa Completes Sale in Fitchburg to Bring Community to Former Industrial Property

Madison, WI – Cresa Madison finalized the sale of a former industrial manufacturing property in the City of Fitchburg. 3101 Fish Hatchery Road will now be redeveloped to a mixed-use building with retail, office and market rate apartments.

The property was previously occupied by All-Juice Midwest, and has been sold to Inventure Capital, LLC. The original 5.2 acre industrial use property, shuttered for the past three years, will be redeveloped to include 10,000 square feet of commercial space, a parking garage, and 160 apartments. Cresa was hired by the seller to search for buyers and oversee the sale of the property.

“We are pleased that we were able to find a reputable, new owner for this site,” says Matt Apter, Cresa Managing Principal. “This property sale was slightly more complicated due to issues with the current building conditions, environmental challenges that require cleanup, as well as the City of Fitchburg rezoning the area and wanting to take ownership of part of the property” Apter adds.

As part of the transaction, a portion of the original property will be dedicated to the City of Fitchburg for a road reconstruction project that will extend Traceway Drive, opening up adjacent farm land for future redevelopment. This is part of the City of Fitchburg’s long term vision to revitalize the Fish Hatchery Road corridor, including total reconstruction of the road itself and working with developers to increase the density and urban attraction of one of the oldest and highest traffic gateways to the South from downtown Madison.

“This is the first step in redeveloping another major urban corridor in the greater metro area. We’ve seen the exciting changes that are happening on East Wash, University, Park Street and other important corridors, bringing together a combination of housing density, local commercial and retail businesses and office to create dynamic urban centers,” says Michael Thorson of Inventure Capital. “City officials have an ambitious, forward-looking plan to reinvigorate Fish Hatchery Road and bring that vision to Fitchburg, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

“We have a long, outstanding relationship with Cresa, and this is the second complex infill site we’ve worked with them to acquire for redevelopment. We are impressed by their ability to patiently navigate complicated sales involving environmental, regulatory and governmental issues through to successful purchase,” adds Michael Thorson.

“It is satisfying to be a part of a project that is revitalizing the community,” adds Matt Apter. “Cresa is proud to be a part of these types of projects that are better for our community as a whole.”

Demolitions for the new development is underway, with final approvals and building construction slated to begin in March, for opening in June of 2021.

About Cresa
Cresa is the world’s largest commercial real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents occupiers and specializes in the delivery of fully integrated real estate solutions.  Delivered across every industry, Cresa’s services include Consulting, Facilities Management, Global Portfolio Solutions, Investment Banking, Lease Administration, Location Strategy & Economic Development Incentives, Project Management, Transaction Management and Workplace Intelligence.  With over 1,000 employees in more than 80 offices globally, Cresa partners with occupiers everywhere. For more information, visit


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Gordon Flesch Company Acquires ITP, Creating One of the Midwest’s Largest and Most Capable Managed Service Providers

Madison, WI ‑ Gordon Flesch Company (GFC) has agreed to acquire Information Technology Professionals (ITP), a managed service provider based in Madison with locations in the Appleton and Milwaukee area. With this acquisition, the GFConsulting Group will become one of the largest and most capable technology solutions providers in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, offering services including cloud, cybersecurity and Managed IT. 

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are increasingly important in the complex and technology-driven business world, with the market projected to hit $296.38 billion globally by 2023. With the combined resources of GFC’s GFConsulting Group and ITPs’ team, the Gordon Flesch Company will serve more than 400+ customers and employ 70 MSP staff in locations across the Midwest.

Both GFC and ITP feature prominently on the CRN Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list, which recognizes the largest and most innovative North American managed services companies. As one of the nation’s largest independent office equipment providers, GFC launched the GFConsulting Group in 2015 to expand their ability to help businesses solve challenging problems and achieve organizational goals. These capabilities include not only Managed IT, cybersecurity and cloud computing services, but Virtual CIO (vCIO) and consulting services, Enterprise Content Management and A.I. Solutions.

“ITP is one of the premier MSPs in Wisconsin and has a great reputation for delivering strong technical support and solutions to the customers they serve,” says Patrick Flesch, President of the Gordon Flesch Company. “Their strong technical team and operational maturity will be a great addition to the current team that GFConsulting has built over the years. This acquisition underscores GFC’s commitment to be the leading provider of technology solutions in the markets we serve.”

Founded in 2003 and currently owned by Paul Hager, ITP has grown to 40 employees, serving more than 200 clients in Wisconsin. “I am proud of how quickly ITP has grown, becoming one of the leading MSPs in Wisconsin in a very short time,” says Paul Hager, president, CEO and owner of ITP. “I am excited for the opportunity to begin the next chapter in our story, as we join one of the oldest and most respected technology companies in the Midwest. The combined resources and reach of our two companies will be an unbeatable combination.”

About the Gordon Flesch Company

The Gordon Flesch Company is one of the largest family-owned providers of office technology solutions in the nation. Family-owned since 1956, the Gordon Flesch Company employs more than 600 people throughout 26 offices in the Midwest, with their corporate office in Madison, Wisconsin. They deliver unique business process expertise to solve challenging problems and achieve organizational goals. This includes integrating industry-leading software and hardware to build custom solutions that are supported by technical expertise, customer service and flexible, in-house financial services. Follow us on Twitter at @GordonFlesch.

About ITP

With nearly 20 years of experience, ITP provides managed IT service and strategy for small to mid-sized businesses, delivering customized technology solutions that allow clients to function at peak performance and profitability. While ITP serves clients of all shapes and sizes across a variety of industries, ITP is highly experienced in meeting IT needs in the legal, manufacturing and medical sectors. 

Pictured: Jeff Dotzler, VP of GFConsulting Group; Mark Flesch, GFC Chief Operating Officer; Paul Hager, president and CEO of Information Technology Professionals and Patrick Flesch, GFC President