Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America Expands Direct, Local Sales Operations with Sharp Business Systems of the Carolinas

MAHWAH, N.J. --(Business Wire)-- Mar. 18, 2008 Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA) today announced that it is continuing to expand its direct regional sales operation with the opening of a new Sharp Business Systems branch in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sharp Business Systems of the Carolinas opened today as the seventh branch of the division.

SIICA purchased Charlotte, North Carolina-based Copy Data Network to launch Sharp Business Systems in the North Carolina area, serving both North and South Carolina. The Copy Data Network management team has served the market for almost 20 years, gaining a reputation for superior service and commitment to its customers. All 300 employees of Copy Data Network have been asked to join the Sharp team and will provide seamless service to new and existing customers across the Carolinas -- the largest employee base to join a SBS branch to date.

Moving forward, Sharp Business Systems of the Carolinas will offer their customers Sharp's line of advanced office products and solutions, which was recently recognized by BLI as "Product Line of the Year". The company will continue to provide the same high level of service and also continue to serve existing equipment and contract agreements.

Sharp Business Systems of the Carolinas will be managed by its current Executive Vice President, Tim Renegar, who brings vast knowledge and experience in the industry to Sharp. Owner and President Kal Kardous will remain with the company and continue to serve as a consultant to Sharp. "We are pleased to become a division of Sharp Business Systems and are excited about partnering with one of the best brands in the industry to continue our strong growth," said Kardous. "We share Sharp's philosophy of outstanding customer service and the delivery of high-quality products and solutions. We look forward to a partnership that positions us with more resources and better programs to offer our customers."

Sharp Business Systems Strategy

SIICA plans to establish more than 20 local Sharp Business Systems branches during the next few years. Since the first branch opening in Arizona, SBS branches have opened in San Francisco, South Florida, Indianapolis, San Diego and Washington D.C.

"Sharp Business Systems will help Sharp continue to grow and strengthen Sharp's distribution in key markets nationwide," said Ed McLaughlin, President, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. "Our direct branch strategy will augment our strong independent dealer channel by enabling Sharp to better understand customer needs and then translating that into outstanding products and support for our dealers."

About Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets the advanced, color MX Series multifunctional peripheral (MFP) systems that help companies manage workflow efficiently and increase productivity. The Sharp MFP line was recently named "Product Line of the Year" by Buyer's Laboratory Inc. (BLI), recognizing it as the industry's best product line. SIICA also recently introduced a production, high-volume MFP line that will be available this spring. Sharp(R) MFPs feature the Sharp OSA(TM) development platform, which seamlessly integrates network applications to create a personalized MFP that can meet virtually any business need, and Scan2 technology, which scans two-sided documents in a single pass to enhance scanning reliability and preserve document integrity. To keep documents safe from unauthorized users, Sharp leads the MFP industry in security by offering the most secure suite of MFP applications.*

For more information about the complete line of Sharp document solution products, contact Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J. 07430, or call 800-BE-SHARP. For online product information, visit Sharp's Web site at or

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home entertainment products, appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, solar energy solutions and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS(R) Liquid Crystal Televisions, 1-Bit(TM) digital audio products, SharpVision(R) projection products, Insight(R) Microwave Drawer(R) appliances, and Notevision(R) multimedia projectors. For more information visit Sharp Electronics Corporation at

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* In 2006 Sharp received the BERTL's BEST "Most Secure MFP Range" award and its color MX Series was the first color product line to achieve BERTL Five Star - Exceptional status throughout the entire line.


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