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Element Critical Acquires Data Centers in Chicago Suburbs

January 08, 2019 / RICH MILLER

Data center provider Element Critical is expanding into the Chicago market with the acquisition of two data centers in suburban Wood Dale, Illinois, the company announced today. The deal provides a third market for Element Critical, which currently has operations in Silicon Valley and Northern Virginia. Element Critical, previously known as Central Colo, is an expansion-minded data center provider backed by global investment firm Safanad Capital and private equity firm Industry Capital. The company serves smaller deals in big markets, focusing on enterprise customers. The two data centers the company has acquired in Chicago encompass 195,000 square feet of data center space. Wood Dale is in the suburban Chicago market, 17 miles west of downtown Chicago and two miles from O’Hare International airport. Element Critical did not identify the seller, but Sungard Availability Services is listed as operating two facilities in Wood Dale.