Novell’s headquarters is returning to Provo, where it was born 32 years ago
The privately held Attachmate Group of Houston announced Wednesday it has completed its $2.2 billion purchase of Novell Inc., the Utah-founded technology company that remains one of the state’s largest high-tech operations.
The deal was announced late last year after Novell had put itself up for sale in the wake of an unsolicited offer to buy the company. It closed Wednesday morning, and Novell’s shares ceased trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange at the close of business.
Novell was founded in 1979 in Provo as Novell Data Systems. Its headquarters was moved to Waltham, Mass., in 2004.
Attachmate CEO Jeff Hawn said Wednesday that Novell will now operate as two separate business units under the Novell and SUSE names.
“We are once again establishing Provo as the headquarters of the Novell unit,” said Hawn, with some employees remaining in Massachusetts and other offices…