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DeVries Business Services acquires Pasco document-shredding concern

Local News – Local – July 19, 2012

Transaction included accounts for 100 clients, one mobile shred truck

By Chey Scott

Of the Journal of Business

Spokane-based DeVries Business Services has bought the assets of a Pasco-based
mobile document destruction company called Green Shred LLC.

DeVries’ President and CEO Patrick DeVries says the transaction was completed on
June 30, but he declines to disclose the terms of the sale. He says the owner of Green
Shred had been looking to sell the company so he could pursue other interests.

As part of the transaction, DeVries has acquired around 100 new customer accounts in
central Washington and northeast Oregon, as well as Green Shred’s lone documentshredding
truck. DeVries Business Services since has closed the former Green Shred
office in Pasco, but will continue to serve those clients out of its Spokane headquarters,
located at 601 E. Pacific, he says.

DeVries says that while Green Shred had one other employee in addition to its former
owner, DeVries Business Services didn’t retain that employee through the transaction,
so the company will be adding one full-time position to serve its newly acquired clients.
“The acquisition was a reasonable way for us to grow,” DeVries says. “With the
headquarters here, we have a great market area to service and can serve communities
in more outlying areas.”

He adds that the company currently is working to acquire another Inland Northwestbased
company that provides similar services, but he declines to disclose any other
information regarding that potential acquisition.

DeVries says that because his company offers a full-range of document management
and destruction services, including digital information destruction from hard drives,
phones, and other devices, the new clients it gained through the purchase will have
access to those services in addition to document shredding.

DeVries Business Services also provides assistance to its customers in compliance with
privacy and nondisclosure laws, he says, as well as secure courier services, document
tracking, and professional office moves.

In addition to that, Devries says the company accepts, free of charge, old computers and
televisions as part of a partnership with the state’s E-Cycle Washington program, which
seeks to help residents properly dispose of and recycle old electronics.

DeVries Business Services was founded here in 1985 and currently employs 30 full-time
workers.

Contact Chey Scott at (509) 344-1264 or via email at cheys@spokanejournal.com.