December 8, 2017
Des Plaines Office Equipment is expanding into Indiana with the acquisition of family business, Kramer & Leonard.
This week the Chicago area-based provider of MPS, managed network services and related technology, Des Plaines Office Equipment, revealed that it has expanded its “family of businesses” with the acquisition of Kramer & Leonard, an Indiana-based family firm.
Kramer & Leonard is the third Indiana business to join DPOE, following the acquisition of McShane’s and Indiana Mailing Systems last year. Kramer & Leonard was founded in 1983 by the current president’s father-in-law, and since its inception the business has grown to a workforce of 22, employed from all over the region. The company provides a wide range of solutions for businesses and organisations. It is an authorised dealer of National Office, HON and Herman Miller and provides Sharp printers and copiers. Kramer & Leonard’s clients vary from Fortune 500 companies to smaller businesses, with a core business base of healthcare, business and government contracts, as well as schools and universities.
Chip Miceli, President/CEO of Des Plaines Office Equipment, said that his company (which was founded in 1955) has sought to expand its market share through mergers and acquisitions. He said, “Kramer & Leonard has a strong reputation in the market, with excellent products and service, and a topnotch team of professionals.” He added, “Our plans are to work with Greg and his team and help strengthen each of our individual companies’ position in the market.”
He added, “We bring additional equipment lines, strong Managed Network (IT) to the table, and Kramer & Leonard bring a line of office products. This is a strong synergy between our companies.”
Kramer & Leonard’s President, Greg Fox, said, “This merger is a natural fit. We will have combined strength and the critical mass necessary to offer more comprehensive services in technology and service. We believe the additional services will greatly enhance the product offerings of both companies.”
Miceli said he “does not envision major changes in the company”, but said that there may be some opportunities for the other Indiana companies to share resources.
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