Two Louth companies merge to serve ‘workplaces of the future’

4 Jul 2022

Joe Molloy, managing director, Sync IT; Paddy McCusker, managing director, Cusken; and Allison Cooney, technical account director, Sync IT. Image: Sync IT

Cusken and Sync IT will continue to operate as standalone brands under one business following the merger.

Dundalk-based managed IT and cybersecurity services company Sync IT is merging with fellow Louth business Cusken Limited.

Sync IT’s merger with the business supplies company will create four new jobs over the next 18 months. This will bring total staff numbers to 26 by the end of 2023.

Sync IT was founded in 2013 by IT services and security professionals Joe Molloy and Allison Cooney. The company serves small and medium-sized businesses in the north-east of Ireland and is one of the only accredited Microsoft partners in the region. Its clients include McArdle Skeath, Truform Laser Dies and Thermodial.

Cusken supplies a variety of business equipment to companies nationwide. It sells AV gear, printers, photocopiers, cash registers and ergonomic office furniture, with clients including the HSE, Educational Training Boards and the Irish Aviation Authority. It was established in 1987 by Paddy McCusker and John McKenna.

Both Cusken and Sync IT will continue to operate as standalone brands. “Two brands, one company,” said Molloy.

“Our client base will have access to our combined suite of services including IT managed services, digital transformation, cybersecurity and the sales and servicing of photocopiers, printers, audio-visual, retail equipment and office furniture, in addition to a combined 45 years of business expertise and service to clients.”

Molloy will become the managing director of the newly merged business, with Cooney serving as technical account director.

The Sync IT boss described the merging of the two companies as “a meeting of both hearts and heads”.

“Sync IT and Cusken have similar cultures, values, and ways of working. That’s the heart. Equally, by combining both companies’ core competencies and skill bases, the new merger is ready to take advantage of emerging consolidations in IT, technology and the workplace of the future. That’s the head.”

McCusker will be business development director. “The backbone of our commitment to the merger is an obsession to put our customers first and stay relevant to them as the modern office and technology evolves,” McCusker said.

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Blathnaid O’Dea was a Careers reporter at Silicon Republic until 2024.