No. 8 Medium Company: Involta

No. 8 Medium Company
305 Second St. SE Ste. 501, Cedar Rapids

Involta is a Cedar Rapids data center company that builds facilities to protect mission critical computer systems and associated data. The company builds, owns and operates high-quality data center facilities in secondary markets around the country and provides secure cloud services. Involta has facilities in Iowa, Ohio, Minnesota, Idaho and recently opened its seventh in Tucson, Ariz.

“Involta employees have a lot of fun together,” Bruce Lehrman, Involta’s CEO, stated in an email. “We have a work hard, play hard culture. We hire smart, talented people that like other people. It also drives a great customer service.”

Mr. Lehrman was named the Corridor Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and is a finalist this year for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year this year. Involta was also named a Fastest Growing Company in the Corridor in May, ranking at No. 8 with 109 percent growth. Involta was named IT Service Provider of the Year in April at the Technology Association of Iowa’s annual Prometheus Awards.

“We have a great reputation in the market that attracts high quality people,” he stated. “High-quality people work hard and make customers happy and we get more business and we grow. This creates opportunities for employees to take on more responsibility, allowing us to hire more great people.”

In the Coolest Places to Work surveys, employees said Involta is a good place to work because of its quarterly gatherings, holiday party at Riverside Casino, Cedar Rapids Kernels outing and cell phone reimbursements.

“They are a very ‘family first’ organization and will never question you about putting your family before the company,” one employee stated.

“Working for Involta is very rewarding,” another stated. “The leadership team truly cares about its employees and the direction they are taking the company. The company is relatively young and small in size, but it feels as though everyone has worked together for many years. The company deploys leading-edge technology and is positioning itself to be a leader in the virtual cloud services.”

Involta is hiring for a handful of positions at its various locations.
-Gigi Wood