Rountree Business Equipment continues to fill clients’ needs
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:16 pm
Rountree Business Equipment was founded by Nan and Marcus Rountree in June 2002 when they bought the copier and fax division of Office Products in Martin.
At that time, the industry was making the change to digital equipment and many companies were electing to transition out of the industry. Someone who specialized in larger digital machines was greatly needed in northwest Tennessee.
Since Nan Rountree had 21 years of experience in the office equipment industry and had attributed her success to good customer service, the change proved beneficial to Office Products’ customer base.
Thus, Mrs. Rountree opened First Choice Business Equipment in 2002 on 239 South Lindell St. in downtown Martin.
Since opening in 2002, First Choice Business Equipment quickly expanded by purchasing the equipment divisions of two other businesses.
In 2004, Mrs. Rountree purchased the equipment, sales and service division of Office Outfitters in Fulton, Ky.
She went on to purchase Office Concepts of Paris in 2005 and soon opened a second location there.
In 2006, First Choice Business Equipment officially changed its name to Rountree Business Equipment, better known as RBE, because several other businesses in the area had names beginning with First Choice and this caused confusion for their customer base.
Being an authorized dealer for both Sharp Electronics and Canon USA, which are two of the top three manufacturers in the office equipment industry, Rountree Business Equipment quickly became northwest Tennessee’s choice for the latest in digital office equipment.
In July of 2007, RBE was able to purchase a new, larger location at 103 North Lindell St. in Martin. Their new location included a beautiful showroom to showcase the latest office equipment, as well as an expanded service department.
The company was then able to round out its product line and sell HP, Brother, Standard and MBM, which offers printers, duplicators, paper folders, shredders and more. Rountree also carries supplies and services all equipment they sell. RBE offers the full range of equipment to accommodate any size office and with any preference of features including color options.
In addition to the products they sell, Rountree boasts the most knowledgeable account representatives and service technicians in the area.
Providing quality service after the sale is very important to Rountree and all service is performed by factory-trained technicians. Rountree sales reps are also dedicated to helping customers find the right machines that best fit their needs.
Through ongoing training, all reps and service technicians are kept up-to date on latest technology.
As a company, RBE is dedicated to being an active, productive member of the local communities. Each member of the 10-person team is actively involved in the local community and participates and serves on a wide variety of community organizations.
Some of those organizations include the Martin Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, Citizen’s Police Academy graduates, Leadership Weakley County, Martin Historic Business District, Rotary and Business Matters.
Mrs. Rountree, president, speaks for the entire company when she says, “we have enjoyed making northwest Tennessee our home and look forward to many continued years of growth.”
Visit the local business at its location on Lindell Street or call 588-0383 for more information.
Rountree Business Equipment can be found on the web at www.callrbe.net or visit its Facebook page.