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Hummel’s Office Plus uses acquisition to expand to Albany area

By Eric Reinhardt

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Hummel’s Office Plus announced it has acquired the Albany–area office of Workplace Central in a deal that took effect Aug. 1. The acquisition expands the Hummel’s footprint into New York’s Capital Region. (PHOTO CREDIT: HUMMEL’S OFFICE PLUS)

MOHAWK — Hummel’s Office Plus has expanded its footprint to the Capital Region with the Aug. 1 acquisition of the Albany–area office of Workplace Central.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

The Latham office of Workplace Central will change its name to Hummel’s Office Plus and continue to operate from its location at 776C Watervliet-Shaker Road. Hummel’s will retain all Workplace Central’s Albany–area employees and continue to service commercial delivery accounts. The location has between six and 10 people, depending on the season, Hummel’s tells CNYBJ in an email.

Hummel’s Office Plus, headquartered in an 80,000-square-foot distribution center and office complex in Mohawk, operates retail stores in Herkimer, Rome, Cortland, and now Latham, and has a sales office in DeWitt. The firm describes itself as the “largest independently owned office products dealer in Central New York.” 

“We believe that this merger is in the best interest of our customers and employees. We have been happy to provide superior service in the Capital Region over these many years and are confident that under the Hummel’s leadership the tradition will continue,” Norman White, president of Workplace Central, said in a statement.

The acquisition brings the Hummel’s Central New York employee count to nearly 100.

“We’re thrilled to have the Workplace Central-Albany employees join the Hummel’s team,” Justin Hummel, CEO of Hummel’s Office Plus, said in a statement. “Workplace Central–Albany customers will benefit from our extensive product offering and competitive pricing structure. We are equally excited that all Workplace Central–Albany employees will be staying to help us take care of our new customers.”

Workplace Central also has Pennsylvania offices in Newtown and Lancaster, per its website, but they are not part of this deal. White will continue overseeing the Pennsylvania locations, while Ray Seefeld, VP of the Latham office of Workplace Central and the employees at that location will run Albany branch for Hummel’s.

Founded in 1934 by Harrison J. Hummel as a typewriter repair and supply business, Hummel’s Office Plus has grown into a full supplier of office products from copy paper to furniture. 

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