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By Light to Acquire Cole Engineering Services; Bob Donahue Quoted

Jeff Brody

By Light Professional IT Services announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cole Engineering Services, Inc. (CESI) on Thursday. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed at this time. The transaction is subject to the approval of CESI shareholders and normal regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.

"We are excited to welcome Cole Engineering, with its deep engineering and software development capabilities, to the By Light family,” said Bob Donahue Jr., Founder and CEO of By Light. “We expect that the business will continue to experience significant growth given the combination of its strong footprint in the modeling, simulation, and training market with By Light’s comprehensive stable of contract vehicles.”

CESI develops unique simulation-based systems for simple and complex military missions, and has extensive experience developing interoperable distributed simulation architectures for engineering and training environments. 

Led by a highly talented and experienced team, with deep institutional knowledge and an extensive infrastructure in the form of laboratories and tools/methodologies, CESI tackles some of the military’s most complex modeling and simulation projects.

“Cole Engineering has built its reputation on three simple principles: listen and deliver, provide small company responsiveness and big company professionalism, and build systems that are easy for warriors to use,” said Bryan Cole, Co-Founder and CEO of Cole Engineering, “I am proud that we will join By Light which shares a similar culture, focused on delivery, service and support for the most demanding and critical national missions.”

Upon closing of the transaction, Bryan Cole will be formally elected to the Board of Directors of By Light, continuing to bring his strong expertise to Cole Engineering as well as to By Light.

About By Light Professional IT Services

By Light Professional IT Services LLC, headquartered in McLean, VA is an ISO 9001, 20000-1, and 27001 registered and CMMI Level 3 certified systems integrator that provides secure, turn-key systems by incorporating exceptional engineering, project management, telecommunications, and cyber capabilities to safeguard mission success. 

Founded by industry professionals with extensive knowledge in Defense and government agencies. By Light successfully implements technical solutions that integrate best commercial practices for government, commercial, and international customers.

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