On April 17, American Copitek was born. 4 Employees included Dennis Bednar, Rod Nafziger, Charlie Adams (Technician), Greg Ledyard (Sales Rep).
Started in the basement of Dennis Bednar’s house in Brecksville. Had no manufacturer authorization. Sold Olivetti copiers. Had to have equip. shipped to Toledo because not authorized in Cleveland. Sold the first Mita 900D to Garretsville Newspaper. The Mita equipment only caught on fire three times in the field!
It was Marshall Checker, of the legendary Checker brothers, who first discovered them in the gritty blues clubs of Chicago’s South Side in 1969 and handed them their big break nine years later—actually that's not true, but it’s the story that Saturday Night Live‘s Paul Shaffer told on April 22, 1978More
First company Christmas Party at the Tangiers with 4 employees.
The Winterland Ballroom venue in San Francisco closes with a New Year's Eve performance by the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Blues Brothers.More
Moved from the basement in Brecksville to Midwest Avenue in Garfield Heights. Got caught using residence as a business.
Dire Straits begin their first U.S. tour in Boston.More
Became an authorized Minolta dealer. Employed 6 technicians and 6 sales reps. $1,600,00 in sales. Sold the Minolta EP310 and EP320. EP320 was exceptional because of it’s stationary top but did not have 11 x 17 copy capability. Purchased 300 EP320’s for $1,100 each. Approached Minolta to pay for equipment over 2 years. They had never been approached with such a request. It took 6 years to pay Minolta back.
AC/DC release Back in Black which later becomes the highest selling album by any band to date.More
Awarded contract to provide all copiers to University Hospitals. This was our biggest account ever. It was the beginning of getting the contracts for several hospitals including Fairview General, Mt. Sinai, Parma Hospital, St. Vincent, St. Alexis Hospital.
Rush release the highly regarded album Moving Pictures which eventually becomes the band's sixth platinum album.More
Moved to 210 Hayes Drive, Brooklyn Heights.
While sitting in Tom's Restaurant in New York City, Suzanne Vega composes the song "Tom's Diner."More
Our name changed from American Copitek to Meritech.
Iron Maiden release "The Number of the Beast," the critically acclaimed yet controversial album often hailed as Iron Maiden's greatest.More
Minolta EP450Z introduced. First copier with reduction and enlargement. Meritech was now selling 100 units per month.
Michael Jackson's Thriller album hits #1 on the US charts, the first of thirty-seven (non-consecutive) weeks it would spend there on its way to becoming the biggest-selling album of all time.More
We suffered massive warehouse fire on Hayes Drive. The insurance company was not covering all losses. Alex Sill Co. stepped in to work with the insurance company, and all losses were covered to keep Meritech in business.
The Smiths play Brixton Academy, their last ever gig before their dissolution.More
55 employees and $10,000,000 in sales.
U2's Rattle and Hum hits the Number One spot on the U.S. charts, the first double album to do so since Bruce Springsteen's The River in 1980.More
Moved to 4800 VanEpps Rd., Brooklyn Heights. Grown out on office space on Hayes Drive.
Madonna's "Like a Prayer" music video, taped in late December 1988, attracts criticism for its use of Catholic Church iconography and for the use of cross burning imagery, but also garners praise for its interpretation of discrimination, rape, and faith.More
Meritech reaches $8,400,000 annual sales.
"November Rain" by Guns N' Roses enters the world record books when it becomes the longest single, at 8 minutes, 57 seconds, to reach the US Top 20. The single's video has a budget of over US$1.5 million, becoming the most expensive at the time.More
Sold Konica customer base to Blue Technologies. $7,600,000 annual sales.
Radiohead album The Bends is released.More
Meritech reaches $11,000,000 in annual sales. The company has 75 employees.
Blink-182 release their fourth studio album Take Off Your Pants And Jacket which would later sell 14 million copies worldwide. This was the band's second successful album.More
Signed on to be an authorized Kyocera dealer. Started our partnership with the Cleveland Indians.
Robert Trujillo joins Metallica as bassist. The rest of the band now consists of James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Lars Ulrich.More
Meritech expands and moves out of VanEpps Rd. office and moved to new 45,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters at 4577 Hinckley Industrial Pkwy., Cleveland.
Modest Mouse, an American indie rock band releases Good News for People Who Love Bad News. "Float On" appears on the album and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 2005.More
Meritech converts its our business operations system from OMD to EAutomate.
The Glastonbury Festival has a critically significant year over four days featuring Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, The Who and Shirley Bassey.More
$13,000,000 annual sales. 80 employees.
Lil Wayne's sixth album Tha Carter III sells 1 million copies in its first week of release.More
Awarded Cleveland Muni Schools contract installing 287 machines.
Lady Gaga sweeps the Video Music Awards, winning 8 awards, 7 for her "Bad Romance" video, and Best Collaboration for her song "Telephone" with Beyoncé. Gaga also gave an acceptance speech for Video of the Year in a dress made entirely of meatMore
Awarded MetroHospitals contract installing approx. 800 machines. Currently at 1,497 machines.
Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell keep "Blurred Lines" in the Billboard Hot 100 for twelve weeks.More
Started Meritech’s Telcom/Cloud Division.
Taylor Swift releases her fifth studio album, 1989, which debuts at number one with 1.287,000 copies sold in its first week.More
Kyocera $10,000,000 is wholesale. Named Kyocera’s largest dealer in the Midwest. Rebranded Meritech “M” logo.
Adele's comeback single "Hello" became the first song with over a million digital sales in a week.More
Awarded Akron Schools contract installing 125 machines.
David Bowie released his final album, Blackstar, just two days before his death.More
First Meritech Customer Golf Outing held at Signature of Solon with 100 customers in attendance. Reached a record $15,900,000 in revenue.
Earlier in the year, Kanye West releases The Life of Pablo. The Life of Pablo became the first streaming only album to go platinum, becoming West's eighth platinum album.More
Meritech was awarded the Konica Minolta ProTech Award for 25 years. Meritech was awarded the Kyocera Customer Service Excellence award for 15 years.
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill released their first collaborative album, The Rest of Our Life. The album is Hill's first studio release in twelve years.More
Meritech acquires ACE, projecting $30,000,000 in combined Meritech/ACE sales.
P!nk performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" and Timberlake performed at halftime at Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.More
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