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Advance Business Systems acquires Service Concepts

June 18, 2006

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. - Jeff Elkin, Chief Operating Officer of Advance Business Systems, the Cockeysville-based provider of business equipment and document management solutions, has announced the company's acquisition of Frederick-based Service Concepts.

Effective June 7, Advance Business Systems assumed the handling of sales and service for all customers of Service Concepts Inc.

The purchase of the 21-year-old business-equipment company further strengthens Advance's presence in Frederick and Washington counties and its ties to those communities, according to a prepared release.

Advance opened an office in Frederick three years ago.

Service Concepts' name will be changed to Advance Business Systems.

Advance will occupy Service Concepts' facility at 5713 Industry Lane in Frederick.

The former owners of Service Concepts, Kim and Debbie Himmelmann, will serve as consultants for the first six months to assist with the transitional period.

In addition to retaining all SCI employees, Advance expects to hire additional people as it achieves projected growth objectives.

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In business for 21 years in Frederick, the Himmelmanns decided to sell their business to retire from the office equipment industry and pursue other interests.

During the last several years Advance has made strides toward expanding in the office equipment industry.

In June 1998 Advance acquired two Baltimore branch offices of Monroe and Gestetner, and in spring 2004 acquired Rosedale-based American Business Machines Inc.

Advance has a comprehensive offering of document management systems, including digital copiers/printers, scanners, document management software and systems, color copiers/printers, digital duplicators, fax solutions and shredders.

The company received a 2003 Small Business of the Year award from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. In 2001 Advance Business Systems' founders, Lois and Alan Elkin were named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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