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Paragus IT Hosts Grand-opening Party at New Hadley Headquarters

HADLEY — After two years of planning and construction, Paragus IT will cut the ribbon today, Oct. 16, on its new headquarters. The new commercial office building is located at 112 Russell St., just down the road from its previous location. The Paragus grand-opening party will begin at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public, but attendees must RSVP in advance by calling (413) 587-2666.

For the past year, Paragus has been operating out of an office in downtown Springfield while waiting for construction to be completed. “We have enjoyed being in Springfield,” said Paragus CEO Delcie Bean. “We’ve made great connections, and we will maintain a strong presence downtown with Tech Foundry, our technology-education program, and Waterdog Technologies, our IT-distribution company. But Hadley is home for Paragus, and we’re very excited for this new space. There are a lot of awesome features we can’t wait to unveil for everybody.”

These include employee perks such as a pub-style break room/lounge with local draft beer and cider, and a ping-pong table. A giant, custom-made weathervane featuring the Paragus baby logo adorns the top of the building. The new space is 8,000 square feet, nearly four times the size of the company’s previous location.

“We’ve really pulled out all the stops for this party,” said Bean. “From Big Head Ed’s barbecue to draft beer from our amazing keg-bot, a good time will be had by all.”

The headquarters upgrade is the latest in a strong pattern of growth for Paragus. Since Bean founded the company as Valley Computer Works at age 13, Paragus has grown from a one-man operation to a regional leader in business computer service, consulting, and information-technology support. Despite a sluggish economy, Paragus has continued to thrive and expand. In 2012 and 2013, it was named in Inc.’s annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing businesses. In fact, with a 546% growth rate over six years, Paragus is the second-fastest-growing outsourced IT firm in New England.

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