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North Canton, Ohio — The Visual Edge Technology family is getting bigger, and this time, it’s a one-two punch, as they announce the strategic acquisition of two industry-leading companies that will support strategic growth on the East Coast: JANCO Business Systems in Wolcott, Connecticut, and FASTFORWARD Managed Solutions in Miami, Florida.

The First

JANCO, a full service office equipment provider for 30+ years and one of Xerox's top strategic independent partners, will join sales and support forces with neighboring dealer, American Copy Service (ACS), also a Visual Edge company. Both organizations will continue under the leadership of Visual Edge-owned Axion Business Technologies.

JANCO brings significant value to the ACS partnership, as Xerox’s first and only Platinum Document Technology Partner in Connecticut to sell, install, and service Xerox equipment in schools, municipalities, and non-profit organizations statewide.

“Xerox remains an incredible brand. The organic growth potential for JANCO is unlimited in the years ahead. Having Xerox’s brand recognition in our offering will open doors for our sales forces that may not have otherwise been an option,” says Robert Ferland, President of Axion Business Technologies, “We are very excited to bring them into the fold.”

The Second

1,379 miles to the south, the acquisition of FastForward Digital Solutions supports Visual Edge’s continued strategy to expand in the managed IT services (MITS) space. FastForward will remain in operation and now play a pivotal role in supporting fellow Visual Edge-owned WBS Technologies’ growing MITS business in South Florida.

FastForward is the third MITS acquisition within the Visual Edge strategy and will strengthen Visual Edge’s quest to be the largest US-based independent total office solutions providers.

Mr. Vazquez related “After becoming educated on Visual Edge’s “Go To” market strategy, along with taking the dynamics of our rapidly changing industry into consideration, moving forward with the acquisition was an easy decision. Many of the problems we were facing as a small business will be of no concern, with VET by our side. There is an entirely new outlook among all my key players and it was very reassuring to see Visual Edge be so welcoming & equally excited.”

“We are very excited to have them on board,” says Michael Brigner, senior vice president of business development for Visual Edge. “The owner of FastForward, Jose Vazquez, and his associates are very dynamic, young professionals.”

About JANCO

Founded in 1983, JANCO Business Systems, Inc., of Wolcott, CT, is an independent reseller of Xerox, Samsung, Kyocera, and HP. The company has earned top status as the first and only Xerox Platinum Document Technology Partner in Connecticut to sell, install, and service Xerox equipment throughout the state of Connecticut.

About FastForward

Headquartered in Miami Florida, FastForward Managed Solutions is a leading provider of managed services, including managed print, IT and remote support, disaster recovery, Cloud solutions, email hosting, virus/spyware/malware protection, and phone systems.

About American Copy Service

American Copy Service of Waterbury, CT, is one of the leading independent office solutions and document management dealers in the northeastern U.S. The company was acquired by Visual Edge in October, 2017.

About Axion Business Technologies

Axion Business Technologies, a Visual Edge Technology Company, was founded in 2004 by Robert Ferland, a 35-year veteran in the office products industry. Currently, Axion is the product of seven acquisitions over the past 11 years. This rapid growth has enabled Axion to be a driving presence in the industry, proudly representing the Greater Boston, Greater Worcester, Rhode Island, and Southern Massachusetts marketplaces.   

About WBS Technologies

WBS Technologies is headquartered in Sunrise, Florida, and provides sales and service of Canon, Kyocera, Lexmark, and Muratec multifunctional products, office solution software, managed print services, and IT solutions. WBS was acquired by Visual Edge in November, 2015.

About Visual Edge Technology

Visual Edge Technology, a family of Imaging Solutions Companies, incorporates a strategy of operating through established dealerships across the U.S., focused on providing a broad line of office solutions, including the sale and service of automated multifunction products, wide format solutions, managed print services, document management software, network management services, and IT solutions. Visual Edge sells products supplied by Konica Minolta, Canon, Xerox, HP, Kyocera, Sharp, Samsung, and Muratec. Through its acquisition strategy, Visual Edge will continue to identify successful companies that focus on providing simple solutions to complex challenges.