"Since CPU began providing computer services in 1977,  we have focused on building trust with our clients and on providing them with state of the art products and services. This has led to many long term business relationships.  We strive to understand our clients' needs so that we can help them prosper in a constantly evolving business world."

~ Frank Jones, President, CPU Inc.

CPU has been providing high-quality professional services for a long time. The secret to the longevity is simple: CPU carefully listens to their customer's business needs and requirements, and then draws on the CPU teams experience and innovation to address those business needs in a timely, efficient, and professional manner. While the secret to CPU's success may sound simple, the approach takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and perseverance to reach that outcome consistently with all of our clients.    

We take great pride in our history and have provided our corporate timeline below with key milestones and events going all the way back to the companies inception in 1977. As you peruse the timeline you will recognize many defining moments in the growth and evolution of CPU as the leading HCM and IT services provider in the area today. And now that you know our history, we look forward to you being a part of our business future!

A Timeline of Our Story

1977
CPU Inc. formed – S. Frank Jones, James H. Vandeven and, Schott & Company.
1977
IBM unit record equipment was replaced with an IBM System 3 computer with 12K memory, 2 - 2.5MB hard drives and a 96 column card reader.
1977
Processing services included Time and Billings, General Ledger and Financial Reports, AR, AP, Inventory, Sales Reports for clients.
1978
Added payroll processing services and various processing services for Nursing Home Care providers.
1979
Added computerized tax return processing. CPU survived the Blizzard of ’79 with no payrolls missed as a result, including those in Arizona.
1980
Purchased new technology Texas Instruments TI990 computers to provide additional processing capacities. Cost: $200,000, including two 166MB disk drives at a cost of $30,000 each.
1980
Sold first minicomputer with two 5mb hard drives and 32k of memory for $25,000.
1981
Sold first business accounting software system that included General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Inventory, Sales Analysis, and Job Cost module.
1982
Purchased an IBM System 34 computer system.
1983
Purchased stock from Schott & Co and became totally independent. CPU moved into new offices at 320 S. Plazaway, and began providing services to area CPA firms and local businesses. CPU sold its first PC computer at a price of $6,000. It had a 10MB hard drive, color monitor, and 128k of memory.
1984
Developed software for rating long distance phone calls and processing of monthly customer statements and sales analysis for a new startup business: LDD, Inc.
1985
Flood in Cape Girardeau; Walker Creek overflow flooded CPU office with 2 feet of water. Processing services moved temporarily to a local bank until remodeling and new computers could be installed. Not a single payroll service delay resulted from this flood.
1986
Became certified reseller of RealWorld Accounting software.
1987
S. Frank Jones, company president, took a 1 year leave of absence to work on a computerization project for the World Bank in Ethiopia. This involved moving his entire family to Ethiopia to live for a year.
1987
Developed PC based software systems for CPA's, including Time and Billing, General Ledger, and Payroll.
1988
Sold first PC based network with 1 file server and 5 workstations and accounting software. Total cost of network under $30k.
1990
Expanded CPA software to include 1099 processing, magnetic media processing of 1099's and W2's.
1990
Became certified medical office software reseller: AMDS Advance Practice Management.
1991
Became certified reseller of TMT equipment maintenance software.
1992
Sold several “state of the art computers,” which included an Intel 386DX 40 MHz processor, 4MB RAM, 120 MB HD. Included Microsoft Windows 3.1.
1992
Became certified reseller of CDCI construction management software.
1993
Sold its first external SCSI CDROM drive: cost $500.
1994
Sold its first NEC “portable” notebook computer. Final version of Microsoft DOS released.
1995
Sold the latest Intel 486DX4 100 MHz computer: average cost $2695. Included Microsoft Windows 95.
1997
Sold and installed its first Windows NT server.
1998
Became Certified Reseller of Solomon for Windows accounting software.
1999
Developed Y2K preparedness guidelines for evaluating client's computer readiness for year 2000 effects.
1999
Purchased test equipment to certify network cabling.
2001
Purchased new “state of the art” payroll processing software and converted all existing payroll clients to the new Execupay payroll system.
2002
CPU begins offering internet based automated time and attendance services to compliment the payroll services.
2003
Became certified reseller of Accpac Advantage Series accounting software.
2005
Purchased N-able sophisticated network, server and workstation monitoring software that enables us to proactively monitor our client’s information systems remotely through secure internet technology. CPU had 11 employees.
2006
CPU wins Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce "Small Business of the Year" Award.
2008
Launch of Citrix Xen App remote desktop functionality.
2009
First implementations of truly "virtualized" server environments with Citrix XenServer. Also integrated first StoneFly SAN storage solution.
2010
CPU manages customer impact on payroll processing compliance requirements related to the Affordable Care Act becoming law.
2010
Initial roll-out of VMWare virtualized server solution.
2011
CPU is recipient of the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award.
2011
Launch of first 10 Gibabit network.
2012
State-of-the art Disaster Recovery solution set-up in San Antonio, Texas.
2014
Designed and implemented first state-of-the-art hybrid storage solution that included both SAS and Flash drives.
2014
First Veeam backup solution (with snapshots) integrated with VMWare.
2016
Launch of NetCare 2.0, CPU’s new and improved proactive and preventative 24x7 network monitoring service.
2016
Completed major technology integration for area financial institution following a large merge & acquisition between two banks.
2016
Implemented the Marquette network backbone using a Meraki-based infrastructure design.
2016
Consolidation and integration of leading Workforce Solution toolsets that dramatically improve the workforce experience for both employees and employers.
2016
Upgraded client storage system with ECM All Flash solution.
2017
Update of CPU’s marketing and client communications channels including website, newsletters, and customer portals.
Company Information
  • We rely on CPU to provide our Professional Payroll Service and Network Technical Assistance. They provide professional guidance and expertise and are always courteous and responsive. Our staff counts on CPU Inc for quick and reliable solutions for our day to day operations here at Southeast Missouri Food Bank.

    Karen Green, CEO

    Southeast Missouri Food Bank

    600 State Highway H, Sikeston, MO

  • Since Cape Endodontics' beginning in 2009, CPU has been there right along our side, thus allowing us more valuable time to serve our patients better. Their payroll and record keeping services are top notch, and the entire support team is friendly and knowledgeable. Over the last two years we have also utilized their computer technical services and find them to be of the same high standards as their other services. Together we provide excellent service to the Heartland region.

    Dr. Jonathan J. Rhoades, Owner/Endodontist

    Cape Endodontics

    2502 Tanner Drive, Suite 203, Cape Girardeau, MO

  • We have worked with CPU for two years as our payroll service. We are experts at crafting a great mattress at a great price. CPU has done the same with payroll service. We can count on their trustworthy, dependable and timely service each week. The transition was seamless. We would recommend CPU to any business, small or large.

    Cindy Ahmed, Owner

    Campbell Mattress Company

    100 Minnesota Avenue, Cape Girardeau, MO

  • We started with CPU just this year, and WOW! All those things you dream of when you outsource, you actually get with CPU. I needed a way to complete our payroll processes without actually having to be in the office, and I also wanted to move to direct deposit. CPU is the best in the game at this, and my staff loves the online viewing, convenience of deposit, and continuous record of their paystubs. Everybody is happy…how often can you say that! MedStop One is a big fan of CPU!

    David Cantrell, Administrator

    MedStop One

    3065 William St., Ste 209, Cape Girardeau, MO

  • Wiethop Truck Sales is an international heavy and medium duty truck dealership celebrating over 60 years in business in Cape Girardeau. CPU has provided payroll services for us for many of these years. I have found that CPU provides very prompt, accurate, and dependable payroll services. With the advancement of technology and the computer, we turned to CPU for help in maintaining our information systems. They have been a great help over the years, providing computer installation and maintenance along with assistance with our internet and network connections. I would not hesitate to highly recommend CPU to anyone needing these type of services. We couldn’t ask for any better service!

    Kim G. Ridgon, General Manager

    Wiethop Truck Sales

    2350 Independence St, Cape Girardeau, MO

  • Here at Dutch Enterprises, we have been relying on CPU, Inc.’s computer/technical expertise for the last 5 years. Their technicians are always professional and very knowledgeable in their field. We can always count on CPU to respond in a timely manner and minimize any down time for our business during technical troubles. Our business relies heavily on our computers working properly and we feel secure in the knowledge that we can always call on CPU to help us when the need arises.

    Rob Janet, CEO

    Dutch Enterprises

    4832 Old Cape Rd E, Jackson, MO

  • CPU has processed payroll for Doctors Express since we opened in 2010. The payroll program is efficient and simple to use and the staff is always friendly and helpful. Our payroll is processed in a timely way and reporting is always accurate and complete. Our employees like the convenience of the online access to their payroll information. We are very pleased with the services provided by CPU for Doctors Express.

    Patty Schaefer, CPA

    Doctor's Express Urgent Care

    465 S. Mt Auburn Rd, Suite 103, Cape Girardeau, MO

  • We are pleased to be associated with CPU. We needed a network server upgrade and some new workstations in order for us to keep up with the demands of the business. CPU provided the right equipment and the technical knowledge we needed to ensure a stable network environment. Also, the backup system and the firewall they installed give us peace of mind that all of our data is secure.

    David Scherer, Comptroller

    Ole Hickory Pits

    333 Main St, Cape Girardeau, MO

  • CPU has provided payroll services for us for two years. CPU makes very complicated payroll situations seem simple. They take care of all our payroll details so that we can focus on what’s important...our students. It gives us peace of mind knowing that all our payroll and taxes are in good hands. We had phenomenal service right from the initial call, and the CPU team continues to support us so wonderfully.

    Russell Grammer, Executive Director

    Prodigy Leadership Academy

    1301 N Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO

  • When Innovative Orthodontics opened the doors to a new Jackson office, CPU installed the computer system, networked with our Cape office, and also integrated new fingerprint ID software for ease of patient sign ins. They also installed the video software, enabling patients to view their records, x-rays, progress, and educational videos on procedures and hygiene. They provide service that is simple and a result that is seamless.

    Terry Spence, DDS, MDS

    Innovative Orthodontics

    2103 Broadway, Cape Girardaeau, MO and 404 S Hope, Jackson, MO

  • We at 36 have used CPU, Inc. since we opened and will continue to use them for their payroll services. CPU has provided excellent customer service, high-quality products, and service in a professional manner. They have been so supportive that we not only call them business associates, we call them friends. Thank you, CPU.

    Houston Sutton (Executive Chef) and Vanessa and John Eric Klein (Proprietors)

    36 Restaurant & Bar

    36. North Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO