GrayMatter announced the expansion of its Industrial Intelligence Platform of industrial technology solution providers with the strategic merger of Columbus, Ohio-based Phantom Technical Services, Inc.

"Expanding GrayMatter's presence in the industrial automation space is a big priority," says GrayMatter CEO James Gillespie. "Phantom's exceptional reputation gives an unfair advantage to our automation and control solutions that our customers are demanding."

Phantom Technical Services is the third system integrator to join GrayMatter's family of industrial technology brands since 2020.

E-Merge Systems, Inc., of Richmond, Va., joined GrayMatter in December 2020. HTSE, Inc. of Kalamazoo, Mich., joined in August 2022.

All three recent mergers are part of a long-term strategy that recognizes industrial companies have a pressing need to fill talent gaps, optimize production with advanced analytics and protect plants and remote assets from cybersecurity threats.

With the addition of Phantom, GrayMatter has nearly 200 employees working in the U.S., Canada, India and elsewhere.

Phantom Technical Services has built an outstanding reputation in the food & beverage, automotive, consumer packaged goods (CPG), metals and discrete manufacturing industries. Phantom specializes in control system design, UL 508A panel builds, controls automation, process & batching, SCADA & MES and data analytics.

"GrayMatter's expertise and comprehensive suite of offerings fits in very well with the growing cyber and analytics demands our customers are facing," says Phantom President William Yates.