Hummel’s Office Plus acquires Seely Conover

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Hummel’s Office Plus, the largest independently owned business products supplier headquartered in central New York and which has a store on East Chestnut Street in Rome, has acquired Seely Conover in Amsterdam, the company announced.

The acquisition was Dec. 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Hummel’s Office Plus has a Rome location at 322 E. Chestnut St.

Seely Conover will change its name to Hummel’s Office Plus and all customers will now be serviced by Hummel’s. The joining of the two-family owned businesses commences as Hummel’s celebrates its 85th year in business in 2019.

Seely Conover, owned by brothers Wayne and Gary Bovee said their decision to sell was driven by their children not being interested in the business when the two were ready to give up ownership.

“I’m getting older and it was a good opportunity for both of us,” Wayne Bovee said. “We had an opportunity to work our way out of the business and Hummel’s now has a larger base in this area, which will allow them to expand.”

Seely Conover, like Hummel’s sells office supplies, furniture, janitorial, breakroom and other business products.

Hummel’s Office Plus was founded in 1934 by Harrison J. Hummel as Excello Typewriter. Hummel’s Office Plus is run by the same Hummel family 85 years later. Hummel’s operates out of a corporate office and distribution center of more than 80,000 square feet of space. Hummel’s provides free next-day delivery with no minimum order on its fleet of 20 delivery vehicles.

Hummel’s CEO Justin Hummel said:. “We have been friendly competitors to Wayne and Gary for over 25 years and they have a lot to be proud of. They worked hard every day and took great care of their customers. At the end of the day, the time came for them to enjoy their hard work and our family was proud to be able to be a part of that transition.”

Justin Hummel, along with his brother Harrison J. Hummel IV and sister Soláce Hummel serve as CEO, COO and CAO of present-day Hummel’s and are the great- grandchildren of the founder. Chip Hummel serves as chairman of the board and is the father of Justin, Harrison and Soláce.

In June 2014, Hummel’s joined the Pinnacle Affiliates buying group, leveraging $2 billion in buying power and distribution advantages. Hummel’s is now one of the 30 largest independently owned business products providers in the United States.

“As we celebrate our 85th year in business at Hummel’s we want to thank our employees for all of their hard work,” Justin Hummel said.

“We are truly fortunate as a fourth-generation business to have so many dedicated employees that have helped us grow and expand and most importantly, uphold our founding principles of taking care of the customer. Our employees are an extension of our family and we are looking forward to many years to come with them.”

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