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Two Erie-based companies have announced their intent to join forces to accelerate growth potential in the ever-changing world of technology. This pioneering partnership leverages the forces of both Erie Management Group (EMG) and Networking Technologies to create a strategic joint venture with benefit to the greater Erie community. 

It’s All About Expertise and Cooperative Connections

Networking Technologies Founder & CEO Jim Bahm and EMG Interim President & CEO Sumi James-Black share in the excitement of combining the Networking Technologies leading expertise in IT infrastructure, secure managed services, professional IT services, and Cloud & software solutions, with the proven high-performance work teams of EMG.

Founded in 1998 with the mission to bring technology to Erie, Networking Technologies has grown to have offices in the Erie, Buffalo, and Cleveland markets. Services span the educational, manufacturing and healthcare sectors with a renewed focus on cyber security threats after unprecedented impacts on businesses, both large and small.

Networking Technologies has leveraged their technical skills and key industry relationships for the benefit of most major employers in the region for the past 23 years. Most recently, Networking Technologies facilitated an unprecedented partnership of innovative learning with Gannon University, it’s I-HACK Institute, and Extreme Networks. This first of its kind collaboration, including the Extreme Academy & Extreme Network Certifications, revolutionizes cyber learning.

These cooperative connections – much like the Black family support of Penn State Erie – the Behrend College — foster continued growth in the Erie region.  

Erie Management Group’s Family of Companies

Networking Technologies now partners with the suite of companies under the EMG umbrella created in 2004 by Erie entrepreneur Samuel P. “Pat” Black, III. The Black family has spent decades revitalizing the former Hammermill Paper land with a renewed focus on manufacturing in the SB3 Industrial Park on Erie’s poverty stricken lower east side.

The Park is home to Lake Erie Biofuels dba HERO BX, producing 50 million gallons of biodiesel annually; Calypso Enterprises, one of the coveted grower/processor permits in the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program; Prism Glass Recycling, responsible for keeping 200 tons of infinitely recyclable glass material out of the landfill; and SB3, the property management arm for the park and its tenants. Across the Black family of companies, over 300 are empowered to be the leaders & innovators that they are.

Through the Black Family Foundation and most recently the Calypso Cares effort, the Black family has gifted millions of dollars throughout the Erie community. Calypso Cares focuses on programs and initiatives that support women & children in poverty; educational attainment & self-sufficiency; job creation; and revitalization in the City of Erie. The elder Black & James-Black recently announced a gift to Penn State Erie – the Behrend College of $3 million in benefit of Knowledge Park. 

Good Things to Come for Our Community

Together, EMG and Networking Technologies align to benefit from the other’s strengths in client base, relationships, and marketing, while optimizing capital and resource allocations.

“Identifying innovative partnerships like Networking Technologies enables EMG to remain laser-focused on growing jobs in this community,” said Sumi James-Black.

Jim Bahm offered, “Some partnerships just make sense! The Black family commitment to keep jobs in Erie, coupled with our mission to help people with technology allowing them to focus on their business, augments the shared goal of helping this community thrive.”

The Knox Firm served as legal advisors to the parties.