Modern Office Methods has been in the office equipment business since 1957. Throughout our 56 years in business, we have experienced steady growth and have adapted to changing technology and varying customer needs. You can count on Modern Office Methods to be in business — even through fluctuations in the economy — to support your needs.
In 1957, Robert J. McCarthy founded Modern Office Methods as a 3M-copy products dealership in Evansville, IN. At this time, Modern Office Methods represented the Thermo Fax – the only dry copier on the market. The Thermo Fax was about the size of a breadbox and it took four seconds to make one dry copy on a piece of brown paper. At that time, our main competitor was carbon paper – not other copiers – and the main sales objection was “Why would I need a copier? I don’t make copies.” During Modern Office Methods first year in business, it provided customers with enough paper and supplies for them to make 200,000 copies. Today, that figure is over 750 million.
Our product line has grown to include a full line of copying systems, multifunction devices, color printers, color solutions, document management software, and managed print services from Lanier/Ricoh, Canon, Samsung, and HP. These four manufacturers allow us to be vendor agnostic and truly provide the best solution for our clients because we’re not tied into one specific vendor. Throughout our years in business, our commitment to customer satisfaction has fueled steady growth. In 2010 and 2011, this growth has come through two acquisitions. Modern Office Methods acquired two separate Xerox agencies within 60 days adding 50 new associates to the company.
In 2010, we launched Jump START Your Nonprofit, a contest in which nonprofits enter for a chance to win one of three office technology makeovers worth $20,000. We ran the program in our three major markets – Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton. We recently wrapped up our fourth year of Jump START and were thrilled to award a $20,000 office technology makeover to the Cincinnati Center for Autism, our $10,000 First Runner Up was Helping Hands for Special Needs in Columbus, and our $5,000 Second Runner Up was Elizabeth’s New Life Center in Dayton.
Today, Modern Office Methods annual revenue tops $40 million; we serve thousands of customers; and we employ over 180 people. We have a total of 10 locations in Ohio including a distribution centers in Cincinnati. While many things have changed since 1957, our commitment to serving the customer will always remain constant. In everything that we do and in every product that we represent, this is our primary goal.