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HGO Creating Room To Grow Downtown

April 29, 2013
By CASEY JUNKINS - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

From medicine to architecture, computers, cell phones and other forms of information technology are key components in virtually any modern business.

Officials at Wheeling-based HGO Technology can allow your business to focus on what you know how to do best by doing what they do best.

"People tell us they got into business to do architecture, medicine or law. We take care of the IT work to let them do what they do best," said Steve Agnoli, president of HGO, currently based in the Elm Grove section of the city. "We work to help our clients get the most out of their IT systems."

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Steve Agnoli, president of Wheeling’s HGO Technology, is watching over the construction of his firm’s new office inside the Bennett Square Building at 2100 Market St. in Center Wheeling.

HGO serves as a company's "Virtual Chief Information Officer," providing complete support to a business's IT needs, from strategic planning to project management to technology infrastructure implementation and on-going management.

When Agnoli assumed control of HGO in January 2012, he knew the company needed to keep its eyes open for expansion and relocation. In June, the company plans to have its new office open inside the Bennett Square Building at 2100 Market St. in Center Wheeling.

"It's a little dusty right now," Agnoli said during a tour of the construction site on the second floor of the building which HGO will occupy in June. "With this building, we wanted to move into something that was a little more upscale."

The Center Wheeling structure once served as the Ohio County Public Library, a feature not lost to Agnoli.

"We are trying to balance the historic nature of this building with the state-of-the-art technology systems we work with. I am excited to see how it turns out," he said.

HGO was established in Wheeling in 1986. However, two recent acquisitions have allowed the firm to grow to now include offices in Pittsburgh and Charleston, with a total of 25 employees.

Agnoli said the first of these deals was with Terradon Communications Group, a web design and software development company based in Charleston. As a result of this combination, HGO will continue to be managed by the same professionals as it is today - with an expansion of services and available technology expertise. TCG will continue to operate as a unit within HGO.

"This combination enhances the firm's strategic IT capabilities and available technology offerings, and positions HGO to be a premier provider of the full life cycle of information consulting services," Agnoli said.

In April, HGO merged with ContactPoint, placing Agnoli at the head of the firm. The combination will unite the two companies' complementary services and strengthens the ability to serve clients more efficiently and productively. This combination also expands and deepens available technical expertise within the firm allowing for extensive collaboration and coordination between experienced IT professionals.

"Our vision is to be a world-class strategic and tactical IT consulting business serving clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern markets," Agnoli said.

Now in charge of the larger firm that serves "hundreds" of clients, Agnoli said HGO continues to explore new opportunities for acquisitions and mergers.

"We don't see this as an end at all. We see this as the beginning," he added.

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