Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group has acquired Manassas-based Metro Technologies Inc., a privately held data-communications and computer solutions company, and its distribution counterpart, Metropolitan Technologies Inc.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The acquisition will increase Bell Atlantic's network integration and sales work force by approximately 20 percent.
"We are constantly looking for ways to amplify our existing skill sets to become a premier network integrator in today's global marketplace," Joe Farina, president and chief executive of the Frazer, Pa.-based Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group, said in a statement released Wednesday.
Metropolitan and Metro act as a one-stop contractor for clients, providing computer network sales, installation and technical support.
President Mark Chandler founded Metropolitan in 1990 by selling prepackaged software out of his home. He soon saw that customers wanted other services to go along with the computers he was selling, so he started Metro in 1994.
Metropolitan still focuses on sales and distribution, while Metro deals with the human resources and service portion.
Chandler would not release financial figures. According to reports, the companies had combined sales of $17.5 million in 1996.
"We are excited by the prospect of joining forces with the Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group," Chandler said in a statement this week. "I believe our customers will be pleased now that we can deliver the Internet Protocol-based services offered" by Data Solutions Group.
The acquisition will not result in any job cuts, said Ted Rafetto, president of network integration and outsourcing business, a division of Data Solutions Group. But, he said, there might be changes in the corporate positions over the next few years.
Metro and Metropolitan employ more than 200 people, most of whom are technical personnel.
The announcement was the latest step by Data Solutions Group to amass the technical skills it needs to provide a suite of data solutions to large businesses that operate throughout the world, Bell Atlantic officials said.
Metro and Metropolitan will remain in Manassas.