System Source, a computer sales company, announced yesterday that it will move from its Timonium headquarters to Hunt Valley, hire 26 employees and consolidate operations.
The privately-held company, formerly called ComputerLand of Baltimore, intends to relocate on July 21 to 338 Clubhouse Road, a Rouse Co. site with 33,000 square feet of space -- about twice the size of its current headquarters.
"We have outgrown the old facility," said Frank Carr, System Source's director of marketing. "The service part of our business is really exploding. Personal computers used to be something people just typed on. Now they're sort of replacing mainframes."
As part of System Source's expansion, the company already has hired 26 employees this year -- most as systems engineers who help customers with programs or fix software.
About a third of the company's work force of some 120 employees work in technical services; the rest handle sales and administration.
Adding another 26 employees, most as systems engineers, will happen "as quickly as possible," Mr. Carr said.
In the meantime, the company is transferring nine of 10 employees from its downtown Calvert Street office to its Hunt Valley headquarters. Mr. Carr will keep an office downtown, and the company will maintain four computer-instruction classrooms there.
System Source also runs two classrooms in Columbia, but without full-time employees.
The computer company, owned by Maury Weinstein and Bob Roswell, reportedly generates more than $20 million in sales annually.
A former franchise of ComputerLand Corp. of Pleasanton, Calif., System Source opened for business in 1983 as a consumer retailer.
Now, it no longer keeps a storefront, instead selling IBM and Compaq computers and related services to businesses.