Lubbock, TX  -  Carmel, Indiana based Blue & Co., LLC has announced its merger of the accounting firm JW Anderson & Associates, PC headquartered in Lubbock, TX, effective January 1, 2016. The combined firm will operate as Blue & Co., LLC (Blue & Co.) and the newly merged offices will continue to operate out of JW Anderson & Associates, PC's (JW Anderson) existing locations in Lubbock and Muleshoe, Texas.

JW Anderson's seven professionals will join Blue & Co.'s existing Texas team which has a specialized focus on the healthcare industry. The addition of JW Anderson's professionals will bring Blue & Co.'s total headcount to over 370 professionals in 12 offices across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Texas.

This merger will mark the Firm's third union in the last nine months and emphasizes its aggressive growth strategy that included the merger of two Cincinnati, Ohio firms in 2015. Blue & Co. just wrapped up a strong year of growth and continues to look to both merger and organic growth opportunities to continue to bolster the Firm's services and capabilities.

"We are coming off the heels of an incredibly strong year and are well-poised to continue our growth strategy." said Brad Shaw, CPA, Managing Director of Blue & Co. "As a large regional firm, Blue & Co. is constantly looking to the market to determine its best strategy to continue to provide a holistic approach to client service while maintaining a culture that encourages employee engagement and collaboration."

JW Larry Anderson, CPA, Managing Partner at JW Anderson and Associates said, "As we looked to ways in which we could further develop our bench strength, we looked at partnerships that we felt would have the expertise to best serve our clients. Blue & Co.'s expansive specialty healthcare services in areas such as reimbursement, revenue cycle, cost reporting, and 340b in addition to its core services of audit and tax will be a nice complement to our existing service lines. This merger was a strategic fit for us as we continue to grow in the Lubbock and Muleshoe markets."

About JW Anderson & Associates, PC

JW Anderson & Associates was founded in 2000 by Larry Anderson who has over 45 years of public accounting experience. Jerry Hill, CPA, became an owner in 2012 and the team has since grown the practice to consist of seven professionals in two offices in northwest Texas. The Firm focuses on healthcare, corporations, financial entities, governmental entities, and non-profit organizations.

About Blue & Co., LLC

Blue & Co., LLC is an independent accounting and advisory firm with over 370 people in 12 offices across Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Texas. Blue & Co.'s public accounting expertise includes the practice areas of: assurance, tax compliance and consulting, healthcare consulting, benefit plan services, valuation and litigation support, and business services and consulting. Its industry specializations include: healthcare, construction, nonprofit, manufacturing, distribution, technology, financial services organizations, and agribusiness. For more information, please visit http://www.blueandco.com/.

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