American Copitek Was Born
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!
Our First Christmas
First company Christmas Party at the Tangiers with 4 employees.
Our First Move
Moved from the home basement in Brecksville, Ohio to Midwest Avenue in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
Became an Authorized Minolta Dealer
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.
Meritech Signs University Hospitals
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.
Meritech Moves Again
Moved to 210 Hayes Drive, Brooklyn Heights, Ohio.
So long, American Copitek
Our name changed from American Copitek to Meritech.
Minolta EP450Z introduced. First copier with reduction and enlargement. Meritech was now selling 100 units per month.
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.
New Height in Sales
55 employees and $10,000,000 in sales.
Meritech Moves to Brooklyn Heights
Moved to 4800 VanEpps Rd., Brooklyn Heights, Ohio. Grown out on office space on Hayes Drive.
8 Million in Sales
Meritech reaches $8,400,000 annual sales.
Sold Konica Customer Base
Sold Konica customer base to Blue Technologies. $7,600,000 annual sales.
Another Huge Sales Record
Meritech reaches $11,000,000 in annual sales. The company has 75 employees.
Partnership with the Cleveland Indians Begins
Signed on to be an authorized Kyocera dealer. Started our partnership with the Cleveland Indians.
Growth Brings Another Move
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, Ohio.
Meritech converts its business operations system from OMD to e-automate.
New Peak in Annual Sales
$13,000,000 annual sales. 80 employees.
Awarded Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Awarded Cleveland Metropolitan School District contract installing 287 machines.
MetroHealth Medical Systems Contract Awarded
Awarded MetroHealth Medical Systems contract installing approx. 800 machines. Currently at 1,497 machines.
Started Meritech’s Telcom/Cloud Division.
Largest Kyocera Dealer in the Midwest
Kyocera $10,000,000 is wholesale. Named Kyocera’s largest dealer in the Midwest. Rebranded Meritech “M” logo.
Akron Public Schools Contract
Awarded Akron Public Schools contract installing 125 machines.
New Record in Revenue
First Meritech Customer Golf Outing held at Signature of Solon with 100 customers in attendance. Reached a record $15,900,000 in revenue.
Awarded the Konica-Minolta ProTech Award
Meritech was awarded the Konica Minolta ProTech Award for 25 years. Meritech was awarded the Kyocera Customer Service Excellence award for 15 years.
Meritech acquires ACE, projecting $30,000,000 in combined Meritech/ACE sales.