CLEVELAND, OHIO — JANUARY 19, 2018: Meritech, Inc., an independently owned provider of managed services and office technology has acquired ACE, a longtime and independent provider of business solutions for the Cleveland area.

Both companies offer business-ready printers and copiers, voice and data services, managed IT, document management, cloud, creative and web services.

The acquisition has created the largest, independent and vendor-neutral provider in Northeast Ohio, representing the latest available technologies from Kyocera, Konica-Minolta, RICOH and Sharp.

Meritech will continue to operate the ACE brand as “ACE, A Division of Meritech.” Former ACE President MaryBeth Baron will remain closely involved, and ACE employees will also continue aboard the acquired company.

ACE Founder John Baron has said of the acquisition:

“It’s been a great ride for 41 years! Although I’m moving on, it’s comforting to know that ACE, its employees, customers and high standard of service will continue to thrive in Northeast Ohio. The decision to partner with Meritech makes this so easy.”

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Meritech Founder and CEO Dennis Bednar, along with President Mary Ann Bednar and Executive Vice President Ken Vanden Haute form the leadership team responsible during the company’s acquisition phase and into the future.

This acquisition comes at a unique time wherein both companies have fostered similar paths of growth, each having come from a family-owned background to the point of area market leaders.


Meritech was founded in Cleveland by Dennis Bednar in 1978. The company is strengthened by its core family background, including Dennis’s two sons Brian Bednar and Eric Bednar. Meritech employs the brightest and most qualified individuals to manage, maintain and enhance the customer experience.


ACE as American Copy Equipment opened in 1976. ACE has grown from just a small office to an area leader in RICOH and Sharp equipment. ACE has flourished for decades as an employer of diversely skilled professionals and its longevity as an independently owned business is owed to its Partnership Service Guarantee.

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