Curvature, SMS Announce Merger

Systems Maintenance Services, Inc., or SMS, an IT data center lifecycle services provider, and Goleta-based Curvature LLC, which refurbishes pre-owned network hardware and
provides IT infrastructure services, announced Jan. 18 an agreement to merge the two companies. 

Several years ago the 30-year-old company once known as Network Hardware Resale changed its name to Curvature and continued to operate in a 100,000-square-foot former custom auto plant at 6500 Hollister Ave. 

The combined company will assume the name SMS | Curvature with more specific branding decisions to be made at a later date, according to a press release. John Wozniak will assume the role of CEO for SMS | Curvature and Curvature chief Mike Sheldon will take on the role of president and chief commercial officer. 

The merging companies have similar product and service portfolios that serve adjacent market segments. The combined company will provide a range of IT networking and data center services, products and solutions to organizations around the world.  

With more than $500 million  in combined revenue and some 2,000 employees, the new company will be accelerating innovation in its client solutions across both hardware and service offerings and will make significant investment in sales and marketing, company officials said. 

“With our similar backgrounds and shared focus on innovation, performance and customers, Curvature welcomes the opportunity to join forces with SMS,” Sheldon said. “Our combined strengths will create a global provider of IT solutions, with unparalleled products and services that will deliver value to organizations of all sizes worldwide.” 

“The SMS and Curvature organizations share a similar strategic vision and service philosophy that make this merger exciting for the combined company’s global client base and team members,” Wozniak said.