The Ockers Company Acquires ACTco (Automation Concepts & Technologies, Inc.)


Brockton, MA, June 3, 2020 – The Ockers Company, a leader in the technology and audio visual marketplace, is pleased to announce the acquisition of ACTco (Automation Concepts & Technologies, Inc.), a rapidly growing managed services provider. The acquisition of Automated Concepts enables Ockers to broaden its Managed Services offering to include Help Desk and Fully Managed IT Services with Cybersecurity for small to medium-sized businesses, K-12 Organizations and Cities and Town Government.

About the Ockers Company.

The Ockers Company began its remarkable business and K-12 education equipment history over 99 years ago as an office automation dealer selling typewriters and adding machines. Business technology evolved and so did their capabilities, services and reputation for reliable solutions and fair dealings. Nowadays, Ockers is considered New England’s premier, value-added Information Technology solution provider with their headquarters in Brockton, Ma.

As a multi-faceted full service information and communications technology reseller, Ockers excels at designing, installing and supporting cost-effective solutions that optimize business performance. Ockers’ authorized service centers and certified technicians offer more than 700,000 computer related and communication technology products from over 3,800 of the world’s leading hardware manufacturers and software publishers.

The Ockers Company ensures the most reliable and advanced-technology solution products available and provides the best in support services our highly-qualified, experienced and certified staff. Exemplary technical services range from pre-sales needs analysis and network configuration to infrastructure cabling, managed IT support and beyond.

Ockers’ primary markets include businesses of every type and size; educational institutions at every level; state and local governments plus various vertical industries including healthcare, financial and others. Whatever your organization’s IT, communications and visual technology product requirements… Ockers is your trusted, single-source provider with an acclaimed history of customer satisfaction since 1921.

About Automation Concepts & Technologies, Inc.

Automation Concepts was founded in 1989 by Brian McCafferty with the idea that successful companies should be partners with their clients, and that honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of these relationships.

Originally started as a software development company, Automation Concepts moved into computer networking, when required to build out client networks in order to run their software. Software development eventually gave way to network engineering and cybersecurity, and finally Fully Managed IT Services with Cybersecurity for small to medium sized businesses. Now in its 31st year, Automation Concepts prides itself on their focus on extreme customer service, which has led to client retention that exceeds 25 years in many cases.

While delivering outstanding Managed Services, Automation Concepts had often been frustrated by having to outsource critical aspects of customer services like cabling, electrical work, video surveillance and physical security. Finding a partner large enough to deliver these services and still nimble enough to adapt to evolving trends has been a key element in their plans for growth.

About Brian McCafferty

Brian McCafferty worked as a small business manager before starting his IT career as a software developer. During his IT career McCafferty has held both engineering and C-Level management positions with private and publicly traded corporations before venturing out on his own in 1989. Since founding Automation Concepts McCafferty has obtained multiple technical certifications in technology and cybersecurity including Certified Ethical Hacker. He has also been involved in the community serving on multiple boards, and as President of the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, Mansfield Rotary Club, and Broomstones Curling Club.

About John Houser

John Houser started his career at Ockers in 1976, first learning the typewriter repair business working for his father. A Graduate of Holbrook High School and Massasoit Community College, John worked for the company through High School and college learning the family business.  In 1996, John took over the reins of the company as president and has led the company’s expansion from office technology to computers and other technologies.  The Houser Family is represented by three additional family members actively working in the business. In his spare time, John enjoys boating, sports fishing, traveling and spending time with family.

For more information regarding this acquisition, please contact Nicole Kelly, Marketing Director of the Ockers Company,