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(Pros Elite 100 dealer) Carolina Business Equipment, Acquires Wolfe Bass

2 Jan, 2013


Columbia, SC – December 31, 2012 - Carolina Business Equipment, specialists in digital office equipment, systems and solutions, has expanded its presence in Columbia with the purchase of Wolfe Bass Inc.

For more than a decade Wolfe Bass has specialized in sales and service for refurbished office equipment. As owners Billy Wolfe and Robert Bass looked for a company interested in acquiring theirs, they wanted to make sure they found a business that would continue the service in which they prided themselves.

The owners thoroughly interviewed potential buyers, honing in on issues such as ethical and caring treatment of customers that were important value at Wolfe Bass.

“We were well aware of the great reputation CBE has enjoyed for more than 35 years for being on the cutting edge of rapidly evolving technology,” Bass said. “We wanted a company that would care for customers and not just the bottom line. We found everything we wanted at Carolina Business Equipment.”

Wolfe praised the entire CBE management structure, President John Eckstrom in particular. “As we walked through their corporate headquarters in Columbia it was clear that they have made the kind of investment in technology so necessary to compete in today’s business world.”

For his part, Eckstrom was pleased to have an opportunity to purchase an established business. “It’s gratifying to have folks approach us who demonstrate such a heartfelt commitment and concern for the customers that had been so loyal to them through the years.  We are grateful for the trust Billy and Robert of Wolfe Bass Inc. placed in CBE, and now it’s time for us to prove to them and to their customers that their trust was correctly placed.”

The acquisition is CBE's second in as many years. In 2011, the firm expanded into Florence when it bought a local company.

About Carolina Business Equipment
Since 1975, Carolina Business Equipment has provided office equipment and solutions. In addition to copiers, network printers, scanning solutions, color copiers and facsimiles, CBE sells such products as duplicators, folding machines, document management software, scanning solutions, workflow solutions and printing utilities. CBE also has a highly experienced team of service technicians. It is the certified trainer for Sharp technicians throughout the Southeast. CBE also provides IT services from network support to consultation and planning. CBE has locations in Columbia, Charleston, Florence and Aiken. For more information, go to www.cbesc.com.




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