Pacific Office Automation Celebrates 40 Years of Growth

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The West Coast-based office solutions leader celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

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Our growth is allowing us to reach more customers and give back even more to our communities.

Pacific Office Automation (POA), the leader in providing business workflow solutions in the West, recently celebrated a milestone anniversary of 40 years in business. The company, with locations in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho and Colorado, provides printers, copiers, software and other services to support workflow processes.

When Terry Newsom, Pacific Office Automation founder, opened the company’s first location in Portland, Ore. in May 1976, it only sold copy machines out of a single, small office. Over the last four decades, POA has grown to more than 20 offices in 8 states, which employ more than 900 people. POA’s focus is no longer solely on copiers — in addition to machines for rent or purchase, POA offers IT services, facilities management, data security and document management systems.

“We are grateful for our clients and our employees,” said Doug Pitassi, Pacific Office Automation president. “We would not have reached this momentous milestone if it were not for our long-time customers and tirelessly dedicated staff.”

Although POA is the largest private dealership in the nation, each location maintains an intensely local focus. POA is dedicated to contributing to its local communities through sponsorship, volunteer work, fundraisers and local business outreach.

“As a business grows, there is always concern of ‘growing pains,’” said Pitassi. “But in our case, our growth is allowing us to reach more customers and give back even more to our communities.” POA has already hosted one sponsorship event in 2016 and has five additional events planned this year.

Over the years, POA has also made strides to ensure that its growing business, which relies heavily on paper, is as sustainable as possible. POA disassembles all unwanted machines and sorts out steel, copper wire, glass, plastic and toner — which is then appropriately recycled.

About Pacific Office Automation
Pacific Office Automation is a leader in managed printing solutions and document management software. Since 1976, POA has grown to become the industry’s largest independent dealership with 20 locations throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho and Colorado. The company is also one of the largest independent distributors, carrying brands such as Sharp, Konica Minolta, Toshiba, Ricoh, Lexmark, Xerox, Muratec, Canon and HP copiers, printers, faxes and multifunctional devices. POA believes in providing custom print solutions that are fast, efficient and secure so customers can confidently say, “Problem Solved.”


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