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70 Years and Still Shredding!

By Shopify API March 26, 2019

JimWhitakerThis year, Whitaker Brothers is celebrating 70 great years in business! We are proud to have reached this milestone as a family owned and operated company who is the recognized worldwide leader in the data destruction and office equipment industry. Looking back, Whitaker Brothers has come a long way since the company began in 1945. Although our equipment can currently be found on every single continent in the world, Whitaker Brothers started off modestly in 1945. James and John Whitaker started the company in Washington, D.C. with only punching and binding equipment and a few small shredders. They worked tirelessly to sell these items, and focused not only on the the purchase of their products, but the service of their equipment after the sale. For them, providing service to customers was a priority, as they built lifelong relationships with anyone who purchased their equipment. This produced what would become a consistent customer base, as customers knew that they could count on Whitaker Brothers to help them with their office equipment needs down the road. The company later grew to span Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. with eight branch offices throughout the region. After John Whitaker passed away, the company began to take a turn and focus on selling data destruction equipment to the United States government. This resulted in the company focusing their efforts in their main headquarters in Washington, D.C.Blog Image 2 In 1984, Whitaker Brothers was purchased by Joe Mitchell and Vince Delvecchio. As the company continued to grow larger, its headquarters moved to Rockville, MD, and had service representatives that covered Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. In order to better meet the demands of the West Coast, Whitaker Brothers opened a branch office in San Diego, CA to manage sales to the military based on the other side of the country. Despite these changes, Whitaker Brothers remained dedicated to service and its continuous reputation as a family owned and operated business. In 1999, Whitaker Brothers built its first website, which allowed the company to connect with customers regardless of geographic location. Now, this site serves as a resource for customers and contributes to the company’s success in reaching customers all around the world. This site also allows customers to reach out to Whitaker Brothers with any equipment questions or concerns, and receive immediate feedback via a live chat. Whitaker Brothers moved its corporate headquarters to its current location at 3 Taft Court in Rockville five years ago. Here, we have two buildings and a large warehouse that allows us to keep most equipment in stock as well as do repairs on shredders and granulators for our customers. This enables us to fill customer orders quickly and service their machines in an efficient manner. Blog Image 3Today, Whitaker Brothers has branch offices in three different states, and products that reach 115 countries. We continue to be the largest distributor for many of the manufacturers featured by our company. We pride ourselves on our nationwide service, proven quality, and leading customer support, as well as the fact that we still remain a family owned and operated business 70 years after our founding. Today, our customers span the federal government, DoD contractors, major corporations, and smaller commercial businesses, and we do all that we can to meet the needs of every type of customer. With most Whitaker Brother employees having 20+ years of experience with the company, it is no surprise that our employees are experts in their fields. We hope to be able to continue to provide “Business Machines with Service” for any type of situation for many years to come. Thank you for celebrating this milestone with us!

Whitaker Brothers: Then and Now

Service

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Showroom

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Location

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Equipment

In the 60s and 70s, Whitaker Brothers focused on product lines that involved things such as stamping, cutting, counting, endorsing, shredding and certifying. Today, the company has expanded to sell products that do all of those things and more. As technology’s presence has increased over the years, data destruction of media such as CDs, DVDs, and hard drives has become a specialty of the company. Whitaker Brothers also has a graphic arts division which features the latest in paper handling equipment.

Data Destruction

In the past, office shredders were our primary form of data destruction. Now, with an increase in technology, hard drive destroyers are up-and-coming. Blog Image 12                    Blog Image 15

Shredder Oil

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