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Digitex on the move westward

A Red Deer-based company is expanding west.

Digitex Canada Inc. has acquired the operating assets of Océ Canada Inc. in Kelowna, B.C. Those assets consist of a branch office, which operates as Lakeside Office Systems.

Digitex president Jim Bolokoski said the purchase, which took effect Feb. 1, includes the office, fixtures and equipment, as well as copier equipment spread throughout Central British Columbia. Eleven staff work out of the office.

“The history of this branch dates back 16 years,” said Bolokoski, adding that its name becomes Digitex Lakeside Office Systems.

Océ Canada is a subsidiary of Canon Canada Inc.

Digitex sells, rents and services office equipment. In addition to its Red Deer headquarters, it has offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray, and it services customers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

“We have third-party arrangements for products literally across Canada,” added Bolokoski. “So we’re getting pretty well coast-to-coast.”

Lakeside Office Systems is a great fit for the Digitex group, he said.

“It’ll fall nicely within our current selling and our product lines.”

Further expansion is a possibility, he said.

“We’ll continue to look for opportunities.”

Founded in 1997, Digitex operated as Digitex Copiers & Fax Inc. until December 2012, when it adopted the Digitex Canada name.

“It was a name change to more reflect what we’re doing in Canada — that we are reaching broader between provinces,” explained Bolokoski.

Digitex is currently developing a 20,000-square-foot office building just north of Hampton Inn & Suites in Gasoline Alley. Expected to be ready for occupancy in August or September, it will replace the company’s existing premises in Riverside Light Industrial Park.

“As the business continues to acquire branch operations, Red Deer will always be our corporate office,” said Bolokoski.

Digitex is owned by Hugh Porter, Rob Barden and Andre Brosseau.



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