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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Toshiba Business Solutions Establishes New Market Presence with Its 55th Dealer Acquisition in Indianapolis HPS Office Systems

IRVINE, Calif., Nov 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Further growing its nationwide network of wholly owned subsidiary operations, Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS) today announced that it secured its 55th organization through the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Indianapolis-based HPS Office Systems (HPS), a key market player in the upper Midwest.

HPS will transition to join TBS-KY/IL, under the leadership of subsidiary president, John Applegate. The acquisition of HPS is a strategic market entrance into Indiana that will enable TBS-KY/IL to provide continuous service coverage from Lexington to Chicago. Prior to this acquisition, HPS was an authorized independent Toshiba and Savin dealer with a successful 35 year history selling and servicing Toshiba products.

"HPS has had a long-standing reputation for outstanding customer service in Indiana that extends back to the late 1930s, so it is with great pride that we announce this tactical move to make HPS an official member of the Toshiba family," said Wayne Wilkinson, senior vice president/general manager, TBS. "This acquisition is a strategic move for Toshiba that will allow us to apply greater focus on this previously untapped market in Indiana, while further strengthening Toshiba's national market presence through its TBS channel."

With nearly 70 years of experience in servicing the Indiana market, HPS has a large clientele between its offices in the "Hoosier state," which includes locations in Indianapolis, Muncie, Bloomington, Terre Haute and Columbus. Previous owner, Leon Mordoh, began his career with HPS in 1965 and will continue to provide leadership at HPS headquarters as vice president and general manager.

"TBS-KY/IL is thrilled for the opportunity to integrate HPS into our organization, extending Toshiba's ability to reach Midwest businesses and provide them with world-class products and services," said Applegate. "HPS is well-known for its commitment to its customers, which perfectly aligns with Toshiba's culture and standards of excellence in innovation, service and support to its customers."

Recently, TBS also completed the acquisition of the assets of Rocky Mountain Copiers Inc. (RMC). RMC now is a fully integrated component of TBS-CO's existing operation in Colorado Springs, Colo. RMC was the 54th acquisition by TBS since its inception.

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