QUINCY -- Area Distributors Inc., a leading distributor of a wide variety of business products, has been sold to new owners Ken Sparrow and Jeff Rupert, plus an investment group led by Tom Lowe.

The company will continue to operate under the name of Area Distributors at its longtime location at 218 Vermont. The building was also part of the business deal.

Sparrow said one of his main goals "is to carry on Area's good name."

Sparrow assumes the role of general manager of the business. Rupert will be operations manager.

"We are very excited about leading (Area Distributors) into the future," Sparrow said. "(The business) has nearly two dozen very talented employees and I am very confident that we will continue to grow the business as we move ahead.

"Area's combination of products and technical support services are second to none -- and its renown customer service has been key to Area successfully operating in the region for more than 55 years."

Several members of the Slough family, which founded the business, will remain active in the company, which is important to the new ownership and its customer base.

"We have felt privileged to lead the business that our father, D. Richard ‘Dick' Slough, started over 55 years ago, and we are confident that it will continue to grow and enjoy a very bright future under the new ownership," said former Area Distributors President Kevin Slough, who will now focus on purchasing. "We are elated by the continued local ownership of Ken Sparrow and Jeff Rupert, both having proven business track records and experience. They will maintain our company culture for our customers, employees and valued suppliers."

Area Distributors offers a broad array of janitorial supplies, including cleaning chemicals and equipment and PPE (personal protective equipment) to its customer base in the region. The company also specializes in a variety of restaurant supplies and equipment.

In addition, the company also offers office supplies and furniture, including full service design and installation of office furniture. The company also sells a broad array of industrial supplies.

More information about Area Distributors is available at areadistributors.com.

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