MONTVALE, N.J., March 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), announced today that it is expanding its direct regional sales operation in Southern California by acquiring the service contracts of AVC Corporation in Simi Valley, CA. This operation adds an additional location and people to Sharp's existing Sharp Business Systems of Southern California branch, headquartered near San Diego.

AVC Corporation has served the Southern California market for more than 20 years with full-spectrum office equipment solutions, gaining a reputation for superior service and commitment to its customers. Many of AVC Corporation's employees have been asked to join the Sharp team and will provide seamless service to new and existing customers throughout Southern California.

Moving forward, SEC's new customers will have direct access to Sharp's award-winning line of advanced office products and solutions, including MFPs, display products, and applications for streamlining office workflow, and Sharp is committed to providing the same high level of service that former AVC Corporation customers have come to expect.

"We are pleased to join Sharp Business Systems and are excited about working with one of the best brands in the industry to continue to provide the best level of service," said Gary Misaki, owner and president of AVC Corporation, who is joining Sharp's business development team to help with the transition. "We are confident that Sharp's philosophy of outstanding customer service and the delivery of high-quality products and solutions will provide outstanding programs to Sharp's new customers."

"We are excited to expand Sharp's presence in the Southern California marketplace," said Anthony Sci, Senior Vice President of Sharp Business Systems. "Sharp chose AVC Corporation's team to become the newest addition to Sharp Business Systems because of its prominence in the area and commitment to excellence, which we will continue to uphold."

SIICA has established 14 local Sharp Business Systems branches since the first branch opening in Arizona in 2006.  Since then, the direct sales division has expanded into 41 locations through growth initiatives within the organization. "Sharp Business Systems has helped Sharp grow and strengthen Sharp's distribution in key markets nationwide," said Doug Albregts, President, CEO and Chairman, Sharp Electronics Corporation. "Our direct branch strategy augments our strong independent dealer channel by enabling Sharp to better understand customer needs and then translating that into outstanding products and support."

About Sharp Electronics Corporation
Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation. Sharp is a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, professional displays, robotics and energy systems.

About Sharp Business Systems
Sharp Business Systems is the direct sales division of Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, which markets Sharp's full line of multifunction printers (MFPs)/Copiers, Network Printers, Fax Machines and professional display products including the AQUOS BOARD®  interactive display system. Sharp Imaging and Information Systems is a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan.