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A Look Back at 30 Years of NCI

Posted by Mia Ness on Jul 19, 2016 4:30:00 PM

The years have really flown by! Network Center, Inc. (NCI) has been focused on the cutting edge of technology and networking since its inception in 1986. Currently NCI is a far cry from its early beginnings, now serving 12 states, servicing over 600 customers, and is considered one of the largest IT solution providers in the Midwest. In celebration of NCI’s 30-year anniversary this July, we’re taking a look back through the years and how the business has evolved into the 100% Employee-Owned company that it is today. 

Karl_Kostmann.jpgKarl Kostman (pictured) founded Network Center, Inc. in 1986 as a modest computer service shop out of his garage. The business remained there for two years. However, with business booming and the addition of employees, the need for some extra elbowroom was becoming apparent. In 1988 NCI moved into it’s first commercial location at 1111 Westrac Drive. The company continued to expand and relocated 3 times to larger office spaces within this building. In 1994 NCI moved into the HBA building on 32nd Ave in south Fargo. The following year also marked a milestone when the company reached a total of 20 employees. With a growing workforce and business booming, it wasn’t long before the HBA building started to seem a bit tight.

In 1996 NCI relocated into the 3481 South University Drive office park across the parking lot from where we’re currently located. Three short years later our current building was built, and the company moved into our current space in 1999. In the late 90’s NCI also expanded its reach westward to the area in and around Bismarck, ND. NCI reached 30 employees in year 2000, and over the next 10 years NCI continued to grow in employees and newly offered services. 

IMG_7891.jpgIn 2004, NCI expanded their service area to the Grand Forks area with the purchase of Computerland and over time, hit a total of 45 employees in 2010. The year 2012 marked a huge milestone with 25 years in business. In celebration, the office building underwent a huge renovation that included a major overhaul of the front lobby (pictured on right), new furniture and a repainting of the entire building. The new addition of the Interactive Team also really took off in 2012, expanding the range of NCI services to include websites, software and mobile application development.

Karl Kostman’s long-term goal was to put Network Center, Inc. back in the hands of its employees. After a great deal of time and planning, this dream finally came to realization and NCI became a 100% Employee-Owned company in December of 2014. Following this milestone, Karl stepped down and officially retired from the company leaving it in the capable hands of its employees. The business continued to expand reaching 60 employees in 2015, with even more individuals being added in 2016. Currently, Network Center, Inc. continues to hold a physical presence in Bismarck and Grand Forks, and has recently added St. Cloud to its expanding service area.

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Over the years, NCI has seen a great deal of growth and expansion. With the advent of new technologies we are excited to see what the future holds for this flourishing technology company. Follow the link below to learn more about Network Center, Inc., our core values and what really makes NCI a great place to work.  

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Topics: Company Culture, NCI 30th Anniversary

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