Oval Partners Makes Strategic Investment in Millennium Business Systems

PHOENIX, September 13, 2019 – Flex Technology Group and Oval Partners, today announced a new partnership with Millennium Business Systems, a premier office technology provider based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Millennium Business Systems (MBS) was founded in 2000 by David Bartlow in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company services the needs of the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton Ohio, and Southeast Indiana business communities with copiers, printers, multi-functional technology, and document management hardware and software.

“The Flex Technology Group is excited to welcome Millennium Business Systems to our growing family.  MBS strengthens our presence in the Midwest as we continue to execute on our national growth strategy,” states Frank Gaspari, CEO of Flex Technology Group.  “Over the last 19 years, David and his team have built a highly respected company with a great culture and loyal customers. This partnership further fuels our goals of adding quality companies to our platform while becoming the largest office technology provider in the nation.”

“This partnership with Flex Technology Group is exciting for our employees, our customers, and the communities that we serve.” said David Bartlow, President of Millennium Business Systems. “The FTG platform will continue to let us operate at a local level, allow us to further expand our reach, add additional value & solution offerings to our customers and enhance our employees’ work environment by becoming a part of a larger, national office technology company.”

Flex Technology Group has expanded rapidly since 2016.  Their portfolio of office technology companies now includes 16 partner dealerships generating over $340 million in annual revenues and serves over 60,000 customers nationwide.

Millennium’s executive team will remain in their leadership roles to ensure the company’s continued success in serving its employees, customers, and community. Mr. Bartlow will be an equity holder in FlexPrint LLC.

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About Oval Partners

Oval Partners is a multifamily office investment firm designed to provide liquidity, growth, capital and acquisition funding to founders of growing businesses across North America. Oval’s capital base is permanent—it is committed, unencumbered and unconstrained in terms of holding period. Oval offers the capabilities and capital of a private equity fund, but the mentality, partner orientation and investment time frame of a private holding company. Oval’s principals have completed more than 75 transactions involving platform investments, acquisitions, exits, and re-financings. Oval focuses on making investments in the tech-enabled services, information services, internet, software/SAAS, and industrial technology markets. FlexPrint embodies the essence of Oval’s targeted “buy and build” strategy in attractive, service-oriented, niche end markets. For additional information, please visit www.OvalPartners.com or contact Dan Ruhl at Dan@OvalPartners.com.

About Flex Technology Group

Flex Technology Group provides customized office technology solutions for national and leading-edge regional companies. The company focuses on print, document management, document production and managed IT solutions, representing industry-leading suppliers such as Canon, Ricoh, Konica Minolta, HP, Lexmark, Sharp and various software solutions. FTG services over 60,000 customers nationally. For additional information, please visit www.flextg.com.

About Millennium Business Systems

Millennium Business Systems is proud to partner with industry giants such as Sharp, Lexmark, Papercut, Square 9, HP and Dahle.  Millennium Business Systems currently ranks as the 15th largest Sharp dealer out of 680 dealers in the United States, the 6th largest in the Central Region and #1 in the State of Ohio.  They are a Premier Platinum Service Provider recognized for execution of best practices within the industry in the areas of service customer satisfaction, training, management and technical expertise.  Their core competency is maximizing the flow of data and documents. The solutions are managed locally and backed by the extensive resources of world leading, market defining corporations. They specialize in delivering integrated document management systems and solutions, enabling customers to improve document workflow. For additional information, please visit www.GetMillennium.com or Venetta Diesel Varney at vdiesel@getmillennium.com.

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Sharp Launches Next Generation 4K Aquos Board® Interactive Display Systems

MONTVALE, N.J., July 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, today launched three new 4K Ultra HD resolution large-format AQUOS BOARD interactive display systems with built-in wireless and whiteboard functionality utilizing its embedded SoC (system-on-chip) controller.

“These next generation interactive displays are the logical next step in the evolution of the AQUOS BOARD interactive display brand,” said Bob Madaio, Vice President of Marketing, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “This series provides organizations with better, more intuitive functionality in the meeting space than ever before.”

The displays’ InGlass™ touch technology provides a semi-flat surface that allows for more comfortable writing with a more accurate touch response. And the SHARP Touch Viewer™ application, which runs on an optional Windows PC, allows for easy manipulation of different types of files, including Microsoft Office® applications, videos and web pages. Since the LCD panel recognizes up to 20 touch points, multiple people can use their finger or touch pen to add input to projects. Additionally, onscreen content, including handwritten notes, can be shared simultaneously with up to 50 devices.

The pre-installed, built-in controller allows the user to operate the whiteboard easily without the need to connect to a dedicated PC. When the main unit is started, the interactive whiteboard launcher is displayed automatically. Users can then simply touch the icons on the screen for instant access to the features they want to use. The SHARP Display Connect™ wireless software allows the screen of any Windows® PC or Android mobile device to be wirelessly projected. Users can capture the screen wirelessly projected on the screen, then add annotations to that captured image with the Sharp Pen-on-Paper® experience, which gives writing a natural feel as if using a traditional pen on paper.

The new interactive whiteboards recently received a “Best of Show” award at InfoComm 2019, joining the other award-winning models in the Sharp AQUOS BOARD interactive display line.

The PN-L751H and PN-L651H AQUOS BOARD interactive display systems will begin shipping in early July 2019, while the PN-L851H will be available to ship in August 2019.

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Sharp Adds 4 High Volume Color MFP’s

MONTVALE, N.J., April 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), announces the addition of four new high speed models to its color Advanced and Essentials Series lineup, bringing the total to 11 models in the product family ranging from 26 to 60 pages per minute. The four new models are designed for busy workgroups and departmental environments and offer advanced features for the technology-driven workplace. The new models include Sharp’s award-winning, easy-to-use touchscreen display, common across 30-plus models in Sharp’s multifunction printer lineup, and offer greater cloud integration, leading-edge security and available voice control features.

The new MFP Voice feature with Amazon Alexa enables users to interact with the machine by using simple verbal commands. These new color models also easily integrate with today’s complex network environments and offer quick access to an expanded list of cloud services that include Box and Dropbox. Additionally, Adobe Embedded Print Engine technology enables users to direct print PDF files from a variety of sources with greater performance and rendering accuracy. Sharp’s new Application Portal allows administrators to easily add new applications and update existing ones right from the touchscreen of the machine. The new models are also equipped with enhanced productivity features, such as the ability to feed up to 50 envelopes from the standard paper drawer. 

The new color Advanced and Essentials Series also delivers leading-edge security features, such as a firmware attack prevention and a self-recovery capability, which can identify a malicious intrusion and restore the machine firmware to its original state. An application whitelisting feature helps protects the machine’s file system from unauthorized access. Additionally, administrators can centrally manage select settings at the device using Active Directory® Group Policy.

“This is an exciting time at Sharp, as we roll out a new high speed modes in our line of color workgroup MFPs that offer greater cloud integration, enhanced workflow capability, and voice integration to meet the demands of today’s technology-driven workplace,” said Shane Coffey, Vice President, Product Management, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America. “Our focus continues to be to provide quality MFPs that deliver superior productivity, performance and ease-of-use. We’re proud to continue that tradition with this new lineup of color Advanced and Essentials series models.”

The following four models will be available to ship via authorized Sharp dealer and direct sales channels:

Advanced Series:

  • MX-5071 – 50 ppm; replaces the MX-5070V
  • MX-6071 – 60 ppm; replaces the MX-6070V

Essentials Series:

  • MX-5051 – 50 ppm; replaces the MX-5050V
  • MX-6051 – 60 ppm; replaces the MX-6050V

About Sharp Electronics Corporation
Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation. Sharp is a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, professional displays and energy systems. Sharp was honored as an inaugural Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Technology Leader in 2018, recognized as one of the tech industry’s most operationally sound and financially successful organizations.

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