, Salem, MA


August 31, 2011

New uses for old IT


DANVERS — House Speaker Robert DeLeo's admits he is no tech geek.

He totes a 31/2-year-old cellphone and wondered aloud last Thursday if he would understand just what the Danvers company called XTechnology Global does.

When DeLeo, a Winthrop Democrat, led a delegation of North Shore state representatives through the operation in a new commercial building at 27 Garden St., it was easy for him and others to see just what the e-recycling company does.

Inside, they found shelves filled with pallets of obsolete computers and workers disassembling them into bins. Everything will be used, the company's CEO said, and nothing will go to waste.

"What we do is not a sexy technology play," said CEO Michael Saia of Danvers, who has 28 years experience in electronics manufacturing and distribution. "We don't have the latest and greatest widget. We are on the end of life, or the life-cycle management of IT assets."

Companies face a problem when their information technology becomes obsolete after just a few years, displaced by cheaper, faster, more energy-efficient gear, Saia said.

The company works with IT departments of major health care and financial institutions to help them handle these products.

"We return them money back into their budget by re-marketing the product," Saia said, "recycling the product, and by way of making them data-compliant."

The company's employees not only take computers and other devices apart and sort their components for resale or recycling, they help a company meet complex financial and health care regulations.

Federal regulations on data security and health care privacy mean "you can't just throw that data way," Saia said. "It has to be eradicated. We have all the tools to do either software wipe or an electromagnetic wipe, and then the drive is put in a 'bass-o-matic' and then recycled."

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