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Eaton buys office supply rival

Eaton Office Supply Co. has agreed to buy another Amherst-based competitor in a deal that will create the Buffalo Niagara region's largest independent office supply business.

Eaton has acquired most of the assets of Service Office Supply in a deal that will merge a pair of office supply firms that are based on the 100 block of John Glenn Drive in Amherst.

The deal will allow Eaton to expand into the Medina, Batavia and Meadville, Pa., markets. Eaton plans to keep all of the Service Office Supply locations open.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The deal will give Eaton more than 3,000 customers across Western New York and western Pennsylvania, which Bruce Eaton, Eaton's president, believes will give the combined company more purchasing power.

The two companies will merge their headquarters operations into Eaton's office at 100 John Glenn Drive. Service Office Supply's headquarters is at 180 John Glenn Drive.

Eaton officials said they have not decided how big the combined company's work force will be. Eaton has about 120 workers.

Howard Hutton, Service Office Supply's chairman, will remain with the merged firm through the integration process. His sons, Brian, Tim and Randy, will remain with Eaton as account representatives. The Hutton family has owned Service Office Supply, which has roots that go back to 1861 in downtown Buffalo, since 1962.

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