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CBE Acquires S & B Office Supplies and Furnishings

Tuesday, August 8, 2017  
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BTA member Carolina Business Equipment (CBE) has continued its expansion by acquiring S & B Office Supplies and Furnishings (S & B). S & B originally took over management of the base from Blake and Ford — a dealership in the area — and early on realized that to really take care of those clients, it was best to allow an established organization with proven experience to take over that aspect of the enterprise.

"We have been aware of CBE and what they bring to market," said Stacy Brevard Mays, S & B. "They have demonstrated a real commitment to the office technology space and Bennie and I were thrilled to have worked things out with CBE. We had hoped to be able to provide the full array of business solutions to our new clients, but considering the complexity of this type of service and the need for continuing training, etc., the offer that John made was the key factor for us moving forward with this venture."

"I was pleased that we were able to come to terms on the acquisition between CBE and S & B Office Supplies and Furnishings," said John Eckstrom, president, CBE. "For nearly 45 years CBE has been a supplier to much of the state of South Carolina for copier/MFP and print solutions. In the past 10 years, we have focused more heavily in the networking and computer support space.

"It has become so obvious to CBE's management team that without a real focus on infrastructure and technology, that their relevance would become a thing of the past," Eckstrom continued. "We have seen many dealers who did not have that proper refocus and experienced negative growth."

From the copier/MFP and printer perspective, CBE is a dealership that carries a full-line of equipment from Sharp, Toshiba and OKI Data. CBE also serves as a factory service training facility, offering fellow dealerships an opportunity to receive factory-certified training at its corporate headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina. From an IT perspective, CBE is a full-on infrastructure company. With 10 people dedicated to its IT division, CBE provides a full array of services as they relate to network support. CBE boasts some high-profile clients around the state and country. In fact, it is an IT company for other copier/MFP companies. CBE's approach is simple: There are no such things as problems — only challenges and opportunity.

While CBE has a significant base in Camden, South Carolina, it is proud of the new relationships it will be developing in that region. CBE is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, and has additional offices in Florence and Charleston, South Carolina.

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