RJ Young Company Acquires Preferred Computers

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
RJ Young Company announced that it has acquired Preferred Computers, a managed IT services provider and value added reseller of computer network hardware and software headquartered in Chattanooga. The acquisition is effective immediately.  Preferred Computers employees will continue to service customers and prospects in the region under its name at the RJ Young office and distribution center in Chattanooga at the Bonny Oaks Office Park.  RJ Young will begin supporting Preferred Computers customers with sales, supplies, and backroom office infrastructure.  

“IT services fit into our core competencies and are a natural transition to a services led organization.  As our products have developed along with the technology that is available to our customers, we find ourselves more and more involved with our customers’ networks,” said Chip Crunk, CEO & president of RJ Young Company. 

The six employees from Preferred Computers will join the existing 456 employees of the RJ Young Company to assure the continued high expectations of standards in sales and service.  

"Preferred Computers has provided its customers with technical expertise for nearly 20 years and is a perfect fit for our customer base,” Mr. Crunk said.  “We look forward to extending and expanding their capabilities to meet the IT demands of our small and mid-market customers in in southern Tennessee and northern Georgia.”  

“RJ Young’s reputation for service excellence, illustrated by the ‘We Make It Right,’ philosophy is unparalleled in the industry,” said James Walker, president and founder of Preferred Computers.  “In addition, RJ Young provides the financial stability, buying power, infrastructure and a significant customer base to foster significant long-term growth.” 

RJ Young Company is the largest independent office equipment and business solutions provider in the Southeast. They offer the latest technology to scan, secure, share, manage and print information efficiently. RJ Young has been in business for over 58 years. It is headquartered in Nashville, and has over 450 employees throughout five states and 18 locations.

Preferred Computers has been a trusted firm for IT-related services and consulting since 1993. It is particularly adept in advising small and middle market businesses in manufacturing, medical and other service industries. The largest local partner of Microsoft, Lenovo and Apple, it experienced record sales growth in 2012.  


GDOL To Help Roper Recruit Manufacturing Workers Friday In Summerville

Roper Corporation, a division of GE, will recruit about 80 manufacturing workers for its LaFayette facility Friday. The recruitment will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Chattooga County Civic Center, 44 Highway 48 in Summerville.  The company, which manufactures kitchen stoves and microwaves, will be hiring production and assembly-line workers. Salaries begin at $12.30 ... (click for more)

Multiple Trial Errors In Memphis Case Result In New Trial For Defendant

The Tennessee Supreme Court has granted a new trial in a Memphis case in which a man was convicted of rape of a child. In 2012, Frederick Herron was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the rape of his ex-wife’s younger sister. The victim, who said she was between the ages of eight and 12 when the rapes occurred, lived with her sister and the defendant at the time they were ... (click for more)

Robber Who Was Shot At Rossville Boulevard Car Lot Dies; No Charges To Be Filed

Police said a person who was shot during a robbery attempt at a car lot at 4314 Rossville Blvd. around 1:50 p.m. on Thursday has died. Police said the shooting has been ruled a "justifiable homicide" and no charges will be brought against 27-year-old Alan Miller. The shooting in which the robbery victim shot the suspect was at Miller Auto Sales. (click for more)

Man Charged In Shooting On Sixth Avenue Had Been Shot Himself Last Week; Police Say Incident "Part Of Gang War"

A man charged with attempted first-degree murder on Sixth Avenue Court on Thursday afternoon was shot himself earlier this month. O'Shae Kadaris Smith, 20, of 2114 E. 12th St., is also charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was one of two people shot on Rawlings Street on March 16. Kendre Allen, ... (click for more)

Finley Stadium Needs To Grow Up - And Response

RE:  Finley Stadium Financial Picture Rosy; Beer And Alcohol Sales Approved; AstroTurf Almost Ready and City, County Pitching In $250,000 Each For New Finley Stadium AstroTurf I read a story here five days ago about a rosy future for Finley stadium. It lead me to believe that the stadium was making money and even improvements with donations.  Then we get a short ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mom’s Parting Instructions

My mother, Helen Exum, went to be with the Lord in late August of last year and, in the way folks do, I was going through some of her files last week when I ran across an envelope with my name on it. Inside was a story and written in her hand were the words, “This is a wonderful story for you to tell!” Not being one to disobey my mother and not about to waylay the wishes of the ... (click for more)