Locations & History
A-Z Office Resource has come a long way from selling typewriters in 1985. Today A-Z is a sophisticated business to business distributor, servicing customers in four states with a staff of over one hundred. While A-Z has acquired several businesses in our thirty two years of business, the most important acquisition has been of loyal and experienced employees. Here’s a look back at when and where A-Z has grown.
1985, Columbia Tennessee
The Wests purchase Greene Office Supplies from Mike & Pat Greene in 1985, renaming the business The Office Resource. The purchase includes three retail stores located in Columbia, Lewisburg & Lawrenceburg. In addition to the retail spaces, the company employs several route salespeople who manage and deliver to accounts in rural areas in middle Tennessee. The Office Resource specializes in supplies, furniture and is an authorized dealer for Canon copiers and IBM typewriters.
1987, Columbia Tennessee
In 1987 the retail locations are closed and the business model is changed from retail to business to business distribution. As part of this restructuring, The Office Resource moves out of downtown Columbia in 1988 and into a warehouse outside of the city center.
1989, Hendersonville Tennessee
In 1989, The Office Resource acquires A-Z Office Supply of Hendersonville, Tennessee. The company is renamed to A-Z Office Resource, and the owner of A-Z Office Supply, David “Boomer” Clark, remains with A-Z. “Boomer” serves as the Vice President of Sales to this day.
1990, Nashville Tennessee
In 1990 the main distribution warehouse is moved from Columbia to Nashville on Harding Place. A-Z also closes the Hendersonville location and relocates the Columbia sales office. A-Z has since moved it’s Nashville distribution hub to Antioch, Tennessee.
1991, Huntsville Alabama
In 1991 A-Z Office Resource expands operations to Huntsville, Alabama. A-Z acquires several dealers and seasoned Account Managers in the area, many of whom remain loyal A-Z employees to this day.
1998, Knoxville Tennessee
In 1998, A-Z acquires Creswell Office Supply in Knoxville. Many of the sales staff are retained, and many others join from other supply companies in the area.
1998, Cookeville Tennessee
Also in 1998, A-Z expands operations to Cookeville, Tennessee. A-Z’s efforts are anchored by two industry veterans that remain with the company today: Tracy Cody & Amy Bright.
2000, Tri-Cities Tennessee
In 2000, US Office Products declares bankruptcy, opening an opportunity for A-Z to expand in the area and provide positions for newly unemployed and experienced Account Managers. Many of these Account Managers remain with A-Z to this day.
2001, Jackson Tennessee
In 2001, several A-Z employees from the Nashville area relocate to Jackson, Tennessee. Entirely without any acquisitions, a new branch and distribution hub is started in the area.
2013, Springfield Tennessee
In 2013, A-Z acquires Eckels Office Supply. While the supplies and furniture sales as managed by Kim Martin are now part of A-Z, the Imaging Equipment division of the business is not purchased and remains separate. The Springfield area is serviced by the Nashville distribution hub.
2013, Morristown Tennessee
In Late 2013, A-Z Office Resource purchases Evan’s Office Supply from Mr. Ray Bible. This acquisition brings the addition of Imaging Equipment to our services in the East Tennessee area.
2014, Bristol Tennessee
In Early 2014, A-Z acquires Omsco Office Machine supply of Bristol. The previous owner Tim Valentine still manages his accounts with A-Z, which are serviced from our Gray location.
2014, Dyersburg Tennessee
In mid 2014, A-Z acquires Tamco of Dyersburg, Tennessee. The previous owner Andy Terry still manages his accounts with A-Z, which are serviced from our Jackson location.
2014, Abingdon Virginia
In late 2014, A-Z Office Resource acquires The Office Place of Abingdon Virginia. A-Z retains nearly all employees from The Office Place. While customers in the Abingdon area are serviced out of the Gray branch location, A-Z still maintains a sales office in Virginia.
2015, Memphis Tennessee
In early 2015 A-Z Office Resource acquires Apollo Distributing. This creates a new distribution hub for A-Z, allowing us to service the largest market in Tennessee. Business also quickly expands into Northern Mississippi. The previous owner, Todd Farris, is still with A-Z as the Sales Manager for the Memphis Area.