Visual Edge Technology, Inc. has announced an agreement to acquire KenMark Office Systems and merge it with its core New England company, Axion Business Technologies.
The deal unites the two companies as Axion/KenMark serving the Greater Boston, Greater Worcester, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Southern Massachusetts marketplaces, along with Cape Cod and the Islands. Axion will be relocating its Cape Cod office as the two companies combine operations at KenMark’s Mashpee headquarters.
“KenMark is one of Axion’s biggest competitors in Southeastern Massachusetts. We both have super reputations, long-time customers, and long-tenured employees; they’re the perfect compliment,” says Axion’s president, Robert Ferland. Further complementing the merger, KenMark represents the manufacturers of Konica Minolta and Savin/Ricoh, as does Axion, making service and support continuity seamless.
“I have traveled the world working in this industry but Cape Cod is still my slice of paradise. My wife and I love raising our family here and getting engaged in the community,” says Ken Pedicini, vice president of sales, Axion/Kenmark. “From sponsoring and coaching our three children’s youth teams, to leading the Board of Directors of the Baybridge Clubhouse for the mentally ill, giving back to the community is at the heart of this business,” he added.
Moving forward, Axion/KenMark will operate under Ferland’s leadership with Pedicini assuming the role of vice president of sales for the newly combined sales teams.
“In todays’ world, this is not like your typical manufacturer, corporate buyout. It’s a great thing to have two competitors remain local in the Massachusetts/Cape Cod community and continue to do business like they have for the past 35 years,” says Ferland. “Like I told my employees, the great part about acquisitions is that you can constantly expand your own customer base through products and services that you didn’t have before,” he added.
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