Lifecycle data center services provider Salute Mission Critical has acquired consultancy firm OBMG.

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The company this week announced the acquisition of OBMG Ltd, a European commissioning and QA/QC firm in the mission critical space. Terms of the deal were not shared.

Based in Athlone, Ireland, OBMG describes itself as a mechanical and electrical design engineering consultancy, providing mission critical commissioning agents, commissioning managers, and QAQC Services. Founded in 2005, the company employs more than 20 people.

Salute said the acquisition expands Salute’s international capabilities for commissioning and QA/QC to support its global clients’ continued growth plans.

“We are thrilled to welcome OBMG Ltd into the Salute family. This acquisition is a testament to our commitment to providing industry-leading support services to facilities worldwide. OBMG’s deep expertise in commissioning and QA/QC complements our existing offerings, enabling us to deliver even more comprehensive solutions to our clients in Europe,” said Erich Sanchack, CEO of Salute Mission Critical.

Gareth McGowan, co-founder & director of OBMG, added: “Joining Salute Mission Critical is an exciting opportunity for OBMG Ltd. Together, we will be able to provide a wider range of services to our clients and further elevate the standard of commissioning and QA/QC services in the industry.”

2022 saw Salute acquire US data center consultant Iconicx Critical Solutions and UK-based data center services firm AMS Helix.

Founded in 2013, Salute focuses on bringing military veterans into the data center industry.

Salute founder Lee Kirby explained why former military personnel were a good fit in the data center industry in a DCD interview in 2018: “Take a typical infantryman [he also explained that 15 percent of veterans are women]. He maintains a weapon, a vehicle, and a communications system. He must operate with local people, work around dangerous equipment, and deal with the unexpected. There is no civilian training or experience that can equal that,” Kirby said.

“They adapt and train quickly, and communication and coordination are bred into them.”