Des Plaines Office Equipment, a provider of managed print services, managed network services and related technology, said it has merged with Kramer & Leonard in Indiana.

Kramer & Leonard Inc., is a family-run business in Chesterton that has served Northwest Indiana since 1983. Greg Fox, who serves as president, said his father-in-law founded the company, and the firm has grown to 22 employees. Kramer & Leonard, which employs people from all over the region, provides a wide range of solutions for businesses and organizations. In addition to SHARP printers and copiers, Kramer & Leonard provides office products and furniture.

They are an authorized dealer of National Office, HON and Herman Miller. Clients range from Fortune 50 to smaller companies, with a core business base of health care, business and government contracts, and schools and universities. Kramer & Leonard has a large distribution network and serves clients from Chicago to Miami and San Francisco.

Kramer & Leonard represents the third Indiana business to become part of the growing DPOE family. Last year, McShane's in Munster, Indiana and Indiana Mailing Systems joined the group.

Chip Miceli, president and CEO of Des Plaines Office Equipment, based in Elk Grove Village, said that his company (founded in 1955) has sought to expand its market share through mergers and acquisitions. He said, "Kramer & Leonard has a strong reputation in the market, with excellent products and service, and a top-notch team of professionals. Our plans are to work with Greg and his team and help strengthen each of our individual companies' position in the market."

He added, "We bring additional equipment lines, strong Managed Network (IT) to the table, and Kramer & Leonard bring a line of office products. This is a strong synergy between our companies."

Fox said, "This merger is a natural fit. We will have combined strength and the critical mass necessary to offer more comprehensive services in technology and service. We believe the additional services will greatly enhance the product offerings of both companies."

Miceli said he does not envision major changes in the company, but said that there may be some opportunities for the other Indiana companies to share resources.