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AOP Solutions Inc., a Buffalo-based vendor of "paperless office" computer systems, has completed deals to acquire five sales offices around the nation with 58 employees.

The company acquired the offices and their associated contracts from Judge Inc., its former corporate owner, for about $5 million, chairman Paul Eckert said.

The expansion triples AOP's staff to about 90 people and gives it locations in Boston; Seattle; Hartford, Conn.; Melbourne, Fla., and Moorestown, N.J., in addition to its Buffalo headquarters.

AOP expects sales of about $20 million this year and $24 million in 2000, Eckert said. The company has approximately 500 clients for computer imaging systems that help manage corporate paperwork.

The acquisition follows AOP's independence from Judge in July, after the Philadelphia-area company decided to refocus on its core business of technology recruiting. Judge had purchased AOP in 1998.

The acquisition gives AOP substantial parts of Judge's former sales arm, and another deal for a California location is in the works, Eckert said. AOP is also expanding its headquarters office in Buffalo's Brisbane Building, taking an additional 5,000 square feet of space.

Paul and Suzanne Eckert, company executive vice president, bought the company then called Automated Office Products in 1990. AOP focuses on consulting and sales of "workflow" computer systems that route electronic documents throughout a corporation.

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