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Computer company grows with ground breaking ceremony

By Staff | Nov 28, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED On Weds. morning Nov. 14 KVS Computers held a ground breaking ceremony on the corner of Railroad and Water Streets in Hughesville for a new facility. Left to right are: Rep. Garth Everett; Brian Shearer, CEO of J&M Construction Specialty Inc.; Candice Brown, Administrative Assistant of KVS Computers; Shane Fiester, CIO of KVS; Nicole Wettlaufer, President of KVS; Cherif Ammar-Khodja CEO & Owner of KVS; Jason Fink, VP of Wmspt Lycoming Chamber of Commerce; and Brian Paulhamus, VP & Commercial Relationship Manager of Fulton Bank.

HUGHESVILLE – Cherif Ammar-Khodja started from the ground up. With just a back room he rented at the start of his business, KVS computers now has grown to soon occupy a brand new building of its own. Currently, Ammar-Khodja is renting space at the Mill Complex building on Railroad Street. This is his third stop and he said he has now outgrown this space.

A vacant lot was purchased on the corner of Railroad and Water Streets across from the Hughesville Fire Hall and a groundbreaking ceremony with the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce was held earlier this month.

Ammar-Khodja got his start by offering computer repair and service, removing viruses and refurbishing computers. His knowledge and background is building gaming computers. The company is a registered Microsoft refurbisher which allows them to provide reliable refurbished hardware, components and accessories to the public.

Eventually Ammar-Khodja branched out into recycling electronics and shredding hard drives. In addition to formatting hard drives, Ammar-Khodja said he takes pride in “maximizing the value of end of life electronics by refurbishing and effectively reusing them.”

With a storage facility in Milton, Ammar-Khodja decided it was time to consolidate and provide his certified electronic recycling program with his refurbished computers. Eight employees are committed to “recycling electronics the right way. We have gone above and beyond the average recycler by voluntarily obtaining the R2:2013 certified recycler. Rest assured we will responsibly, securely and safely destroy your data and your equipment will not end up in a landfill.”

PHOTO PROVIDED A rendering shows the new facility for KVS Computers at 71 West Water Street. The square footage of the building is over 7200 sq. ft. and is expected to be completed by late spring.

The company has been hosting community e-recycling events in the county and surrounding communities. The new, planned facility at a new location will also offer a new product line according to Ammar-Khodja. Offered will be brand new KVS custom built units for personal and business use. “We will build new computers to the specifications our customers require,” he said.

The new facility at 71 West Water Street is going to have over 7,200 square feet and expects to be open depending on weather in late spring or early summer.