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Tech Defenders earns Inc. 5000 ranking

By TD Team on 19 August 2020

Tech Defenders, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based information technology asset disposition (ITAD) and electronics recycling and repair company, has ranked 657th on 2020 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list. According to information submitted by Tech Defenders to the publication, it has grown at a 714.68 percent clip in the three years from 2017 to 2019.

The company describes itself as the fastest-growing ITAD firm in the United States. Its owners—Garry VonMyhr (CEO and co-founder), Jordan Notenbaum (co-founder) and Steve Barnes (co-founder)—also have placed two previous companies on the Inc. 5000 list.  The other companies that made the list were Mobile Defenders (at number 214 in 2017) and Genius Phone Repair (at number 750 in 2016).



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West Michigan produces 15 of state’s 50 Companies to Watch

By TD Team on 08 July 2020

Fifteen organizations from the region rate among this year’s 50 Companies to Watch in Michigan.

Ninety-four businesses statewide, including the 2020 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch, will be recognized at the 16th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) awards gala, which will be held virtually at 6 p.m. July 28.ReadMoreHere-Button-117


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Tech Firm Hires HR Director

By TD Team on 07 January 2020

A Grand Rapids-based tech firm has appointed a local human resources veteran to its growing leadership team.

Tech Defenders announced the addition of Lisa Cooper as director of human resources. In her new role, Cooper oversees the company’s personnel and policies at a time when it continues to grow and serve the West Michigan community. 


Tech Defenders increased its capabilities

By TD Team on 03 December 2019

The companies spent the summer gradually integrating under the Tech Defenders brand, using Device Renew’s Ohio location as a secondary overflow facility.


Michigan-based Tech Defenders receives R2 certification

By TD Team on 30 August 2019

Tech Defenders, a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based company that repurposes and remarkets mobile electronic devices, recently received R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices), ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certifications for its Grand Rapids headquarters location.


Buyback Program Reduces E-Waste

By TD Team on 30 July 2019

Tech Defenders says it could buy back more than 500,000 electronic devices this year.

Many K-12 schools do not have a plan for their old and retired electronic devices, but Grand Rapids-based Tech Defenders does.

Besides being an electronics repair company, it also is in the business of buying and flipping used electronics for extended use.


Tech company makes acquisition

By TD Team on 18 June 2019

A local tech company is adding to its capabilities with an acquisition.

Grand Rapids-based Tech Defenders has acquired Device Renew, an IT asset disposition, or ITAD, company in Bowling Green, Ohio.

“This partnership will further increase our share in the ITAD market,” said Garry VonMyhr, CEO, Tech Defenders. “With our combined expertise in the industry, our customers can expect to see greater innovation and value in the services we offer.”


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Growing local tech firm acquires regional company to support rapid expansion

By TD Team on 17 June 2019

Grand Rapids-based company, Tech Defenders, whose focus is on the repurposing and reuse of pre-owned mobile devices, announced the acquisition of an IT asset disposition (ITAD) company, Device Renew.

Device Renew has been a customer of Tech Defenders for many years, and the acquisition will further fuel their ambitious growth initiatives.

“This partnership will further increase our share in the ITAD market.” said Garry Vonmyhr, CEO of Tech Defenders. “With our combined expertise in the industry, our customers can expect to see greater innovation and value in the services we offer.”

Michael Oberdick, CEO of Device Renew, has formally joined the Tech Defenders leadership team as the Sr. Director of Business Development. Michael brings along with him a dynamic team with vast industry expertise.

“The way we do things is not standard in the ITAD space we operate in, and that's what really makes this a great move for both our teams to keep disrupting the market in a really innovative way,” said Oberdick. “We are excited to join forces with Tech Defenders, and believe that combining our resources and expertise will lead to some industry-shaking results.”

According to Connor Sweeney, COO of Tech Defenders, the company will not be using the Device Renew brand but will continue to operate their facility in Bowling Green, Ohio as a secondary overflow facility. “The gradual integration of both companies will take place over the next few months, and our partners will continue to receive the same high-quality results which they have come to expect from Tech Defenders.” he added.

About Tech Defenders

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, Tech Defenders offers end-to-end lifecycle services designed to minimize on-going maintenance costs and maximize the recovery value of aging and obsolete technology. It  is a leading Asset Disposition and Electronics Repair Deport serving 800 partners in 48 states and 18 different countries. The Tech Defenders portfolio includes education and enterprise customers. For more information on Tech Defenders services, impact and community support, please visit techdefenders.com.

City Built Bridge Blast event to benefit local students

By TD Team on 01 June 2019

Tech Defenders is the platinum sponsor for the City Built Bridge Blast, with proceeds benefiting the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation.


Inside Track: VonMyhr’s mission: Access to tech

By TD Team on 13 May 2019

Garry VonMyhr and his partners opened the first physical Genius Phone Repair with about $9,000, half of which went to just the signage. 

Garry VonMyhr is doing his part to ensure every child has access to technology. As co-founder and CEO of Tech Defenders, he’s been at the helm of a rapidly growing tech repair company in West Michigan with a mission to give back to the community.


Tech company adds to leadership team

By TD Team on 18 March 2019

A growing Grand Rapids tech company has expanded its leadership team.

Tech Defenders, having recently expanded into a new 73,000-square-foot facility at 601 Maryland Ave. NE, has added four new leadership positions.


More than 200 laptops donated to Wyoming school

By TD Team on 15 February 2019

Tech Defenders, a Grand Rapids-based company, donated the laptops and iPads to San Juan Diego Academy. San Juan Diego Academy in Wyoming received 200 laptops and 25 iPads from a Grand Rapids-based tech company on Friday. Tech Defenders brought the donation to the school at a pep rally. The new technology will give every student access to the school's online curriculum. 


Grand Rapids tech firm celebrates opening of new headquarters

By TD Team on 17 January 2019

Stacks upon stacks of laptops, iPads and Chromebooks fill the warehouse floor at Tech Defenders, a Grand Rapids-based business the specializes in acquiring, repairing and reselling the devices.

Many will end up in the hands of school districts throughout the U.S., while others will go to companies that sell the products on Amazon and other websites.


Company adding 115 jobs in $2.7M expansion in GR

By acurths on 13 June 2018

A West Michigan business is adding over 100 jobs by expanding to a new warehouse in Grand Rapids. Tech Defenders, an information technology asset disposition and mobile device repair company, is investing $2.7 million to expand to an existing warehouse. The expansion is expected to add 115 jobs.