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Marco buys Fort Dodge Business Systems

Purchase is third in past four months; new owner to bring more services

December 16, 2012

Fort Dodge Business Systems, 1224 Central Ave., has a new owner.

Marco Inc., headquartered in St. Cloud, Minn., has purchased Mason City Business Systems, which also includes Cedar Rapids Business Systems Inc., Des Moines Business Systems Inc., Quad Cities Business Systems Inc. and Waterloo Business Systems Inc.

This acquisition is Marco's largest acquisition to date, according to a company press release, and will provide technical and network expertise to Business Systems' already established copier and printer services. Seventy-five Business System employees will join the Marco staff.

"All of the staff will be Marco employees right away," said Barry Opatz, Marco's vice president of marketing, who added that no immediate staffing changes are anticipated. However, he said, since Marco is "one of the largest technology services providers in the Upper Midwest, we typically bring good jobs to the markets we serve."

"We provide everything from voice systems to data networking to video conferencing," said Opatz. "We intend to bring additional services to customers in (the Fort Dodge) area.

The acquisition of Mason City Business Systems "supports our commitment to growth and our strategy of geographic expansion," Marco Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gau said, in a press release. "We look forward to continuing Mason City Business Systems' commitment to satisfying clients in the state of Iowa and providing opportunities for their valued employees. Our plan will be to expand our expertise and service offerings to provide even more innovative technology and expert service and support."

Fact Box

At a glance:

Marco, founded in 1973, is a 100 percent employee-owned company.

Marco has been consistently recognized as one of the best places to work.

Marco was named among the Top 25 Best Companies to Work for in America by the Great Place to Work Institute, received the Minnesota Work-Life Champions Award and was recognized as a top place to work by the Star Tribune and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

CEO?Jeff Gau was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the 2012 program in the Upper Midwest.

Mason City Business Systems Inc. is an Iowa-based copier and printer solutions company. It was established in 1977 and supports more than 3,000 customers.

Locally, Fort Dodge Business Systems has been part of the Fort Dodge community since 1980 and has been situated at the Central Avenue location since 1988. Jim Reed is the sales manager.

"We are extremely excited about the expanded tools, product offerings and services we will be able to bring to our customers as part of Marco's team," said Allen Behning, president of Mason City Business Systems Inc., in a prepared statement. "Marco's reputation in the industry is unprecedented and will provide our employees many opportunities for professional growth."

This is the company's third acquisition over the past four months, adding a total of 109 employees to its workforce through acquisitions in 2012.

Marco employs 570 people throughout 29 offices in the upper Midwest.



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