H2I Group, a Minneapolis-based nation-wide supplier of interior solutions, acquired Paton Group in November of 2019. H2I Group acquired all Paton Group assets, people, and customer contracts, and the merged business operates under the H2I Group brand.
H2I Group’s Technical Products division is a full-service supplier of products and solutions, including 3D printing, STEM/STEAM and FabLabs, laser engraving, modular labs, CNC machining, electronics, large format printing, Industry 4.0 solutions, and robotics for the K-12, higher education, and industrial markets. H2I Group is focused on collaboration and support of education leaders in creating excellent Career and Technical Education Programs within high performance primary and secondary learning environments.
H2I Group, Technical Products General Manager, Nathan Thiesfeld says the acquisition will further support H2I’s vision to be recognized as the national leader in employee ownership by creating sustained client, employee, and company success. Nathan says, “We are so excited to partner with the Paton Group, as an employee owned company our mission is to create an exceptional client experience and this team enhances that with their customer service in the western United States. We look forward to growing and expanding our technical product solutions and support in the west.”
H2I Group’s acquisition of Paton Group supports the company’ s continued focus on increased client support and broad diversification of solutions nationally. The H2I team ensures educators are equipped, trained and supported with their specific program requirements. The merger will expand these service solutions to the West Coast.
Both H2I Group and Paton Group say the partnership will benefit not only the employees, but also their customers. Frank Paton, Division Manager of Paton Group says, “We could not have chosen a better company to team up than H2I. Our team has been associated with H2I Group’s Education Technology team over the past 10 years. We have personally witnessed their emphasis of customer service and support. We believe our merger and partnership is a win-win situation for all parties: our valued clients and the Paton/H2I team moving forward. We are very excited!”
Paton Group Sales Manager, Chris Miller says, “We are absolutely delighted about the acquisition, H2I Group has been a trusted strategic partner for years. The synergy & customer focused leadership from this acquisition will continue to allow us to offer the best technology in the industry and services to our customers”.
One of the H2I Group’s Division and Paton Group’s largest manufacturers is Stratasys, a leading company in 3D Printing solutions. National Education Manager at Stratasys, Jesse Roitenberg, thinks the acquisition is a great fit for all involved, “Stratasys is extremely excited about this acquisition. Two of our top educational partners will thrive as they both set themselves apart with their customer first actions and high character employees. Their synergies will allow them to leap forward and support clients from the Midwest to the West Coast.
H2I collaborates with clients, designers, and builders to provide total facility solutions. Total facility solutions means combining advanced design, innovative products, connected systems, and field services to meet clients’ specific requirements and vision. The H2I clientele includes contractors, architects, healthcare facilities, schools, colleges, and universities. H2I Group provides design, sales, and service of: laboratory solutions and equipment, athletic flooring, prefabricated interior construction systems, and technical education equipment and curriculum.