James Imaging Systems acquires Illinois company

Freeman Staff

Oct. 19, 2017

BROOKFIELD — James Imaging Systems has acquired the Wisconsin-based operations of Ross Imaging LLC of Illinois, which will allow it to expand operations in the Sheboygan and Appleton areas.

Under the agreement, Brookfield-based James Imaging Systems, which provides document imaging systems and related support services, will become the owner and operator of the Ross Imaging offices in Sheboygan and Appleton and begin serving customers in the Fox River Valley area in Outagamie, Brown and Door counties as well as in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties and the surrounding areas, according to Wednesday’s announcement.

The Sheboygan and Appleton branches will continue to operate as Ross Imaging and be wholly-owned divisions of James Imaging Systems.

“Ross Imaging has built a strong presence in the Sheboygan and Appleton areas, and this acquisition puts us in a positive position to grow our business beyond our base in the metropolitan Milwaukee area,” said Tom Tegeder, president of James Imaging Systems, in a statement.

According to the announcement, Tegeder expects all of the nearly 30 Ross Imaging Wisconsin employees to be offered opportunities to stay with the new ownership.

“Ross Imaging has served Wisconsin customers since 1961, and the company and its employees are highly regarded in the marketplace for their strong customer service, technical expertise and focus on client satisfaction,” Tegeder said. “It’s a good match with the James Imaging Systems culture and mission, and we are excited about the opportunity to grow our business in Sheboygan, Appleton and the entire Fox River Valley area.”

James Imaging Systems started as a basic copier sales and repair business operating out of a garage and a station wagon in 1977 and employed more than 75 employees prior to the Ross acquisition. The Ross acquisition is the third recent expansion for James Imaging Systems and comes after it bought the former Waukesha-based Laser Tech Systems in 2013 and its purchase earlier this year of Acme Office Equipment in Union Grove.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.