ComDoc History


Tradition from delivering unparalleled customer experiences



Over 60 Years of Innovation and Expansion


ComDoc has been a leader in providing businesses of all sizes with innovative document solutions since 1955


Since our doors in Akron, Ohio were opened in 1955 by our founder Walter G. Griffith (pictured above), ComDoc has set out to do one thing: provide an unparalleled customer experience through the power of people, technology, and innovation. Despite changes in our industry and technology, we have always succeeded in that single mission.

As we enter our sixth decade in business we are better poised than ever to help make an impact on your business. Whether you’re looking for the best printers and copiers Xerox has to offer, a better way to manage your existing printer fleet with Managed Print Services, or even if you’re looking at ways to get organized with Document Management Solutions, you can rest easy knowing that you can trust a partner like ComDoc because we’ve been doing all of that that and a lot more for over 60 years!

 

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Our Beginnings


ComDoc first opened its doors in 1955. Ever since then we have been dedicated to creating an unparalleled customer experience.


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Our Story


The Beginning


1950’s – 1960’s

THE FOUNDING YEARS
ComDoc was originally founded in Akron, Ohio by Walter G. Griffith on October 15th, 1955. The company was established as a business equipment sales/service organization. By 1957 the company outgrew its original 1,200 square foot location, opening offices in Canton and Youngstown, Ohio.

1970’s – 1980’s

COMDOC IS FORMED
 In 1981 ComDoc’s current name was coined, derived from the words “COMmunication” and “DOCumentation.” By 1985 ComDoc’s sales soared to $25 million and an employee stock ownership plan was implemented. This was the beginning o​​f the employee owned era.


Pictured: (Left) Founder, Elly Griffith welcomes a customer. (1958) (Right-Top) Founder, Walt Griffith finishes his day in his office. (1959) (Right-Bottom) Walt Griffith stands outside ComDoc Headquarters (1960)

1990’s – 2000’s

CONTINUED GROWTH
ComDoc experienced steady growth while breaking sales record after sales record. A board of directors was established in 1994. In the following years, the company expanded to include offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus. The acquisition of OEM and Information Works allowed additional opportunities to sell services and solutions, which led to the development of today’s all-inclusive offerings, creating the ideal environment for ComDoc’s PRINTresponsibly® methodology.​



Pictured: Founders, Walt and Elly Griffith (left, middle respectively) cutting the ribbon during our new Corporate Headquarters Grand Opening in 1990 as CEO (at the time) Riley Lochridge (right) looks on.


Pictured: (Left) Our Corporate Team having fun at The Rubber Bowl (1991) (Right) CEO (at the time) Riley Lochridge cutting the ribbon during the opening of our Pittsburgh Office (1992)

Our Communities


At ComDoc we pride ourselves on being leaders in our communities


Our community involvment

2009

ComDoc joins Xerox

This move opens up opportunities to bring new solutions to our existing customers, expand our customer base and align with the long-time industry leader.


– Riley Lochridge (ComDoc Chief Exectuive Officer during merger)
Commenting on ComDoc joining the Xerox team

2009 – Today

COMDOC JOINS THE XEROX TEAM
In February of 2009 ComDoc was purchased by Global Imaging Systems, a Xerox Company, in order to service and sell superior products within the industry that ComDoc has been noted as being one of the major leaders. ​​​

“This move opens up opportunities to bring new solutions to our existing customers, expand our customer base and align with the long-time industry leader,” said Riley Lochridge, ComDoc’s Chief Executive Officer at the time of the acquisition.

Larry Frank added, “In a rapidly consolidating marketplace, it is advantageous for us to operate from a stronger competitive position, while remaining an independent business within Global Imaging.”

The merger of ComDoc and Global Imaging Systems positions ComDoc to be at the forefront of their industry for many years to come by offering the same unique and award winning service combined with Xerox’s product and technology innovation and Global Imaging Systems‘ streamlined approach to distribution. This marks a truly unique marriage of values, technology and proposition for ComDoc heading into the future.

Meet our Leadership


ComDoc is fortunate to have a group of experienced, driven leaders to guide our organization. With over 230 collective years in the digital imaging field, this group is the past, present and future of ComDoc. They have propelled us to great heights and will undoubtedly change the future of the document management industry forever.


Gordy Opitz

President
CEO


Will Frank

Regional President
Cleveland & Buffalo


Frank Pacetta

Regional President
Cincinnati, Columbus & Dayton


Stu Wise

Regional President
Akron, Pittsburgh & Youngstown


Andrea Capuano

Vice President
Organizational Development


Scott Corcoran

Vice President
Buffalo & Erie


Paul DiPronio

Administration and Operations


Jim Lindesmith

Vice President
Corporate Support Services

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Michael O'Toole

Vice President
Pittsburgh


MITCH RIEHLE

Vice President
Learning and Development


Jeremy Wood

Senior Vice President

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