North Canton, Ohio – In an industry so rooted in service — where customer loyalty runs deep and employees become family — a hands-on dealer principal like Charlie Hiotas wasn’t looking for change with an acquisition partner, but rather an opportunity to secure the future for his customers and employees.
For Hiotas, Visual Edge Technology, Inc. fit the bill.
This week, Visual Edge welcomes Hiotas’ two Michigan-based dealerships — A.B. Dick Document Solutions of West Michigan, located in Grand Rapids, and H.C. Berger Company, in Lansing — to the family as Visual Edge’s 26th office equipment acquisition.
“We’re as close to your traditional ‘old school’ dealerships as they come, with long-time customers and loyal employees. It was very important for me to join a company who shares the values I have as an owner and will uphold the commitment I have made to my customers and employees,” says Hiotas.
“Visual Edge has a terrific reputation for letting businesses run the way they have always been run,” added Hiotas, who will continue leadership of both companies as president. “A.B. Dick is a small, twenty-five-year-old company, and H.C. Berger has been around forever. I have employees who have been with me for all of it.”
With Hiotas at the helm, both A.B. Dick and H.C. Berger will continue to operate at their current locations with their current names. Both dealerships will serve to expand Visual Edge’s existing presence in Michigan, with Brady’s Business Systems of Grand Blanc, acquired earlier this year, and Premier Business Products of Troy, acquired in October 2016.
About A.B. Dick Document Solutions of West Michigan
Located in Grand Rapids, A.B. Dick Document Solutions is one of Michigan’s leading providers of Kyocera and Sharp multifunctional office products, as well as managed print services. For over 25 years, A.B. Dick Document Solutions has perfected the balance between bringing customers the latest in copying, printing and duplicating technology while giving them reliable, personalized customer service. Year after year, A.B. Dick Document Solutions has earned the honor of being named a Kyocera Premier Dealer for consistent growth. http://www.cjhiotas.com
About H.C. Berger Company
After 75 years and three generations of leadership by the Berger family, H.C. Berger joined forces with A.B. Dick Document Solutions of West Michigan, delivering best-in-class Kyocera, Sharp, and managed print solutions. Headquartered in Lansing, Michigan, H.C. Berger Company is known for its personal service and rapid response times and continues to earn Kyocera’s distinction as a premier dealer. http://www.hc-berger.com
About Visual Edge Technology, Inc.
Visual Edge Technology, a family of Office and IT Solutions Companies, incorporates a strategy of operating through established dealerships across the U.S., focused on providing a broad line of office solutions, including the sale and service of automated multifunction products, wide-format solutions, managed print services, document management software, network management services, and IT solutions. Visual Edge sells products supplied by Konica Minolta, Canon, Xerox, HP, Kyocera, Sharp, Samsung, Muratec, Okidata, Toshiba, Kip, Lexmark and Ricoh. Through its acquisition strategy, Visual Edge will continue to identify successful companies that focus on providing simple solutions to complex challenges.