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November 2, 2018

N.H. firm acquires specialty mapping divisions of James W. Sewall Co.

CAI Technologies, a municipal mapping and GIS services company located in Littleton, N.H., announced Thursday its acquisition of the tax mapping, web hosting and specialty natural resource mapping divisions of the James W. Sewall Co. located in Old Town.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The Old Town company's engineering, forestry and natural resources consulting divisions are not included in the acquisition, leaving those services intact under the Sewall Co.'s corporate name.

In a telephone interview with Mainebiz this morning, CAI President Franco Rossi said the acquisition brings his company's employment level up to 25 employees, with six of them living and working in Maine. "There are some Sewall staff who've joined CAI Technologies," he said of the three Sewall employees affected by the sale. "No one at Sewall was released; this simply changes the company they are working for."

Originally founded in 1985 as Cartographic Associates Inc., CAI has grown to serve nearly 400 local, regional and state governments throughout New England and New York. CAI and Sewall are both "Silver Tier Esri Business Partners," according to a news release announcing the acquisition.

Through its acquisition of the Sewall divisions, Rossi said, CAI will add significant municipal and county government clients, further cementing his company's position as a leader in municipal mapping and Geographic Information System services in the Northeast and expanding CAI's footprint well into the southern states.

According to its website, CAI Technologies provides a wide range of mapping services, including GIS design, implementation, and maintenance — a branch of mapping that integrates many types of data, analyzes spatial location and organizes layers of information into visualizations using maps and three-dimensional scenes.

Rossi said the two companies have been working closely since the fourth quarter of 2013, when Sewall partnered with CAI in order to provide map maintenance and municipal GIS-related services to many of Sewall's clients.

Thursday's announced transaction "finalizes a complete transition of those services and personnel, and allows the two companies to better focus on their respective areas of expertise," he said.

"We're very excited about this acquisition, as well as the commitment that Sewall and CAI have made to provide complementary services in tandem going forward, with Sewall focusing on its engineering, survey, geospatial, utilities, and natural resources appraisal and inventory consulting work, and CAI on its mapping, GIS development and hosting services," he said. "We're proud to partner with such an iconic company in the municipal services space."

Sale only involves Sewall's mapping divisions

A phone message to Sewall President George N. Campbell Jr. this morning had not been returned by the deadline for today's Daily Report.

But in the news release announcing CAI's acquisition of the Sewall Co.'s mapping divisions, Campbell issued this statement: "Given our long-term commitment to our valued clients and associates, we entered into this partnership knowing that both will become part of an industry-leading company focused on growth, as well as top quality, innovative services. We are confident that this transition will be a smooth one for Sewall's mapping clients and the outstanding staff members that are moving to CAI with their projects. Through our ongoing partnership with CAI, both CAI and Sewall clients will have the opportunity to access a broader range of infrastructure and mapping services. We look forward to the next phase of our journey together."

In May, Mainebiz reported that Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital LLC, a Delaware limited liability corporation founded in 2015, with headquarters in New York City and Portland, had acquired 100% of James W. Sewall Co. of Old Town.

At that time it was reported that Sewall had 57 full-time employees and sites in Georgia, South Carolina and Minnesota in addition to its Old Town headquarters. Terms of that acquisition also were not disclosed.

Campbell, serving at that time as advisory board chairman of Treadwell Franklin, was named president of Sewall on May 1, concurrent with the acquisition.

Treadwell Franklin said at that time that the Sewall name would be retained, adding that it planned to continue serving the company's current clients as well as expand Sewall's geographic footprint and to co-locate key professionals and new staff at its Portland office.

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