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Duluth's Saturn Systems to be acquired by Wayzata firm

The custom software engineering firm will continue to operate out of its Duluth headquarters. The combined firm will employ about 200 people in total.

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Adam Schwartz-Lowe, senior software engineer for Saturn Systems, demonstrates the Harbor Lookout ship-tracking site, visible on the wall-mounted monitor, in 2018. (Steve Kuchera / File / News Tribune)

Duluth-based Saturn Systems has been acquired by RBA, a digital and technology consulting firm based in Wayzata, Minnesota.

Saturn Systems, a custom software development firm located at 314 W. Superior St. No. 1015, was founded in 1990 by Keith Erickson, of Duluth. The addition of Saturn Systems will enable RBA to continue providing digital and information technology consulting services to clients throughout the country, the companies said in a release Wednesday.

"We have been helping our clients deliver custom software solutions for over 30 years by aligning our team of experts to our clients’ needs and supporting their teams," said Scott Risdal, president of Saturn Systems.

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One of the first software development companies in Duluth, Saturn helped pioneer the alternative to offshore software development, called Rural Outsourcing, offering domestic rural-based software engineers to metro-area firms. Saturn currently employs 65 people, and will continue to operate out of its Duluth headquarters as a subsidiary of RBA. In total, the firm will employ more than 200 people.

“I’m excited about the acquisition of Saturn Systems. Saturn and RBA have a long history of delivering complex solutions to a wide range of customers. This combination will further enhance the breadth and depth of our delivery capabilities and customer offerings,” said Rick Born, founder and chief executive officer of RBA.

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Laura Butterbrodt covers health for the Duluth News Tribune. She has a bachelor of arts in journalism from South Dakota State University and has been working as a reporter in Minnesota and South Dakota since 2014.
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