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Eakes makes Nebraska Acquisition

Wednesday, January 10, 2018  
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Eakes makes Nebraska Acquisition

US office products dealer Eakes Office Solutions has acquired a fellow Nebraska-based office supplies reseller.

The takeover of Lincoln-based Latsch’s is the third such acquisition in as many years for Eakes, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary.

Latsch’s VP John Costin will be joining Eakes as Sales Manager for Office Products. Latsch’s President Mike Decker will oversee the merger and, once completed, will retire from the OP industry altogether.

He commented: “We’re excited about this merger. It brings a lot of expertise and more to the community than both of us battling it out head to head. It makes us a very strong organisation.” 

Eakes will continue to use the Latsch’s warehouse location and will remodel Eakes’ existing sales office and showroom to accommodate the expanding sales team. All sales, delivery and support positions will remain and continue to be based out of Lincoln, confirmed the company.

Speaking to OPI, Eakes President Mark Miller said: “Mike Decker, John Costin and the people at Latsch’s who are joining us at Eakes have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the office products industry.  Working together, we believe we can provide an even higher level of service to our customers in Lincoln and surrounding areas.”

He added that the deal was part of Eakes’ strategy for continued growth in established and new markets. 

“There is great synergy between Latsch’s and Eakes. We both use the same back end system, online ordering system and wholesaler, SP Richards. This makes for a simpler transition for our customers and our employees. And we foresee the merger of these two strong companies will provide great benefit to our customer base."

Lincoln (NE), USA

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