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Industry Business to Business Technology Infrastructure and Resale Services
Founded 1984 by Michael Krasny
Headquarters Vernon Hills, Illinois,
United States
Key people
Thomas E. Richards,
Chairman & CEO
Products Desktops, servers, laptops, peripherals, software, telephony products, power, storage
Revenue Increase$10.1 billion USD (2012)
Owner Madison Dearborn Partners Providence Equity Partners
Number of employees
Slogan The Right Technology, Right Away

CDW Corporation, headquartered in Vernon Hills, Illinois, is a provider of technology products and services for business, government and education.

The company has a secondary division known as CDW-G, devoted solely to United States governmental purchasers, such as from schools, universities, cities, and the state and federal government.

CDW was originally incorporated as "MPK Computing" by its founding member Michael Krasny, who currently ranks on Fortune magazine's list of the wealthiest Americans. It later became Computer Discount Warehouse and then simply CDW.

In early 2006, CDW opened a 513,000-square-foot (47,700 m2) distribution center in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The Vernon Hills, Illinois distribution center is roughly 450,000 square feet (42,000 m2).

In October 2006 CDW acquired Berbee, a top tier reseller of IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft products and services. It was CDW's second major acquisition after purchasing Micro Warehouse in September 2003 and opening two remote offices in New Jersey (Voorhees and Eatontown) which employ over 500 people.

On Friday, October 12, 2007, CDW's acquisition by Chicago-based private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners and Providence Equity Partners was officially completed at a value of over 7 billion dollars.[1] It went public again in 2013.[2]

CDW operates in Canada as CDW Canada Incorporated, based in Etobicoke, Ontario.[3] CDW Canada was recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute as one of the Best Workplaces in Canada in 2011, ranked as number 25 in the category for Large and Multinational companies.[4]


CDW Non-Profit sector was founded in 2007. CDW Non-Profit assists in providing affordable technology tools and services to associations, foundations, governmental departments, religious and social service organizations.[5] The Brookings Institution, Salvation Army, PCAOB, Aids Healthcare Foundation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Heart Association are among some of their clients.[6]


  1. ^ CDW Press Release 05-29-2007. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  2. ^ CDW raises $395M in scaled-back IPO
  3. ^ Other Contacts. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  4. ^ CDW Canada recognized as a Great Place to Work® for third consecutive year - TORONTO, April 20, 2012. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  5. ^ CDW Nonprofit - Specialized Service and Technology Solutions for Professionals. Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]

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