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Other World Computing Named To Inc. 5000 “Fastest-Growing Privately Owned Companies in America” List For Seventh Consecutive Year

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 | Author:

Other World Computing has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of “Fastest-Growing Privately Owned Companies in America” for a seventh consecutive year, one of only 356 companies to appear on the prestigious list seven or more years. In addition to achieving a three-year growth rate of 64 percent, the LEED Platinum certified firm, headquartered in a wind-powered building, was also ranked 32nd on the Inc. 5000 “Top Computer Hardware Companies” list.

The exclusive ranking list by Inc. magazine represents a comprehensive look at America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs, defined by Inc. 500/5000 selection methodology as U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent (i.e. not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies) as of December 31, 2012. Article Continues…

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Make An Effort For Earth Day

Monday, April 22nd, 2013 | Author:

Odds are your kids will come home from school today with a globe made out of either macaroni, paper mache, or just a pile of glitter (which will show up for weeks in your bedding, on your TV remote, and in your cereal bowl). This means that either your child’s teacher has an affinity for sphere-shaped crafts OR it could be Earth Day (which it is…don’t let your five year old show you up with national holiday knowledge!). But Earth Day is about so much more than crafts—it’s about recognizing the importance of protecting our environment.

Earth Day was started in 1970—the year of bellbottoms, the breakup of The Beatles (still upsetting), lava lamps, and long hair. OWC was started in 1988, and the world was slightly different—there was more spandex, larger hair, bolder colors, and things were “radical”. And although hair (and lots of it) seems to be a theme for both the birth year of Earth Day and of OWC, we have more than just that in common. Article Continues…

Category: green

A Gingerbread House With An OWC Touch

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 | Author:

No, this isn’t a gingerbread house with solar panels and ultra-effecient air conditioning units – although you would be forgiven for thinking that considering Other World Computing’s environmental initiatives and Platinum Certified green headquarters in Woodstock, Illinois. This is a gingerbread house made partly from computer parts by our very own OWC Dena of our accounting department to proudly display in our front lobby.

Dena crafted the house from traditional ingredients – gingerbread, frosting and candy. But she also used computer parts to give it a festive OWC theme. The roof shingles are actually OWC memory modules, the walls are made from fans, and the messages on the front of the house are comprised of Apple keyboard keys and an old hard disk drive platter. Of course, the gingerbread house was made with non-functional memory modules, so don’t worry about your order arriving come with a layer of frosting and crumbs. :-)

And while OWC parts make for a wonderful looking gingerbread house, we can’t recommend them for this use. Besides, they work much better in your computer anyway!

Category: OWC Unplugged

OWC Continues “Green Power” Initiative; Uses 100% Renewable Energy

Monday, November 5th, 2012 | Author:

We’re mighty proud of our LEED Platinum Certified headquarters, especially our on-site Wind Turbine, which, under optimal conditions, can produce up to 125 million Kilowatt-Hours of energy in a year. Unfortunately, until we manage to build a weather machine to keep a steady breeze blowing 24/7, 365 days a year, there are just going to be days when the turbine just doesn’t turn.

That mostly is an exception though. Thanks to the turbine, besides producing enough power to fulfill the usage needs of our entire facility including a data center, we often are a net energy producer and supply others in our area with energy via the wind. In the first quarter of 2012, we produced 291,719kWh of electricity, which was 3% more than the 282,335kWh we consumed. As recently as October, we produced 92,367kWh versus 66,802kWh consumed, with that 38% net energy production being put back on the grid to power, on average, a neighborhood of about 40 homes.

While the wind isn’t always blowing,  our agreement with Excelon to supply us with REC’s (Renewable Energy Certificates, each of which effectively represent 1 megawatt of energy) ensures that when the power needs to flow the other direction, it was generated by another wind turbine located elsewhere. This way, even when wind conditions aren’t optimal at our location, the energy we’re using still effectively comes from a green, renewable, emissions-free source.

To learn more about OWC’s wind turbine and all of our high-efficiency, LEED facility aspects, visit our “Green” page.

Category: green

Other World Computing Opens New Nevada Facility For Enhanced Order Processing & Fulfillment

Thursday, September 6th, 2012 | Author:

Well known for offering one of the industry’s largest online catalogs of Mac and PC products, Other World Computing announced today the opening of a new distribution center in Henderson, NV, for enhanced order processing and fulfillment. The recipient of numerous awards for its customer service, OWC previously served all of its customers from its Woodstock, IL headquarters. With the addition of the new facility, OWC will broaden its distribution capabilities and flexibility for the greater benefit of its customers in the US and around the globe.

Expanded Order Processing with Fast Delivery

Focused on not only meeting but exceeding the expectations of its growing customer base, OWC’s new distribution center can process 1.2 million orders a year. This capability enhances its ‘no package left behind’ policy even when severe weather may prevent normal shipping operations at the headquarters facility.

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