Company Profile

Timeline – 1907 To Present

As a young man, Anderson’s founder, C. Elmer Anderson completes a repair apprenticeship at the Fox Typewriter Co. in Michigan for a wage of less than $1.50 per day and begins a career.
Elmer Anderson vacations in Pasadena and discovers a lack of typewriter mechanics.  Having packed his tool kit, he begins fixing typewriters for local individuals and firms.  A few months later, he establishes “Anderson Typewriter Company,” setting up shop in the “tin-roof loft of a stationery shop” at 49 East Colorado Blvd.
Anderson takes on the coveted line of Royal and Smith Corona typewriters and soon is awarded the vast Southern California territory from San Luis Obispo County to San Diego County.  Business continues and service thrives during World War I.
Anderson moves to the prime location in Pasadena on the corner of Raymond and Colorado with their telephone number: “Fair Oaks 2”.  Branch stores and agents are opened up and down the coast.  The slogan becomes: “We sell and service anything that writes”.  Speed typing contests are held at the Los Angeles County Fair by Anderson, a first in the industry.
During the Great Depression, Anderson makes changes, such as emphasizing service, avoiding laying off any employees.  Anderson offers a free typing school to teach many Pasadena residents to type.  Anderson begins winning many national sales awards which continues up to the present.
America enters World War II.  The government stops production of most office machines and limits sales and rentals of all later models to government operations.  Anderson is again largely dependent upon service and also upon the rental of older typewriters.
Anderson moves to its newly purchased location at 120 E. Colorado Blvd.  Elmer’s son, Donald, at age 14, starts working at the shop after school.
The War ends and over the next five years many American and foreign manufacturers introduce a successful electric typewriter.  Anderson adds many other types of office equipment to their line, including photocopy machines.  “Everything For The Office” is the by-word.
Upon the death of C. Elmer Anderson, son Donald and daughter Barbara become co-owners of Anderson.  Donald becomes President, while Barbara serves as Head Bookkeeper.  The siblings continue their father’s tradition of active participation in the community.  A year later Anderson incorporates and establishes an Employee Profit-Sharing Plan.
The “electronic era” for office machines begins.  European and Japanese products flood the market.  Within the next 10 years, electronic typewriters rapidly begin to replace the electric typewriters.  Anderson becomes one of the leaders in the sales and service of this new technology and begins handling the first commercially successful table-top computers.
Barbara (Anderson) Johansen retires and other family members join the company.  Donald’s son, David, becomes co-owner, after graduating from UC Davis and a short career in Geology.
Xerox develops the first affordable cut sheet plain paper fax and a year later Anderson adds Xerox fax machines to their line.  Soon this becomes a prime company focus.
Copiers become another core product along with fax machines for Anderson.  They become a Xerox Copier Agent.  Five years later, Anderson takes on other manufacturers to directly support the sales and service requirements of all their customers.
David Anderson, of the third generation, assumes the office of President from his father Donald, who becomes Chairman.  Two years later Anderson Typewriter changes its name to “Anderson Business Technology” to better represent the new digital technology.  Connectivity becomes the new generation of business equipment.
The digital revolution continues to evolve.  New levels of productivity in the office are achieved through connectivity.  Anderson also works with their customers ensuring that all equipment is Y2K compliant.
Anderson takes on Copystar by Kyocera, one of the world’s largest printer manufacturers, offering copier and printer products with outstanding network capabilities and the longest maintenance life-cycles the industry has known.
Color multifunctional products become cost effective solutions that any office can afford. As a result, color becomes an important part of Anderson’s customers document production strategy.
Anderson Business Technology celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Anderson Business Technology participates in the Pasadena Museum of History’s 126 birthday celebration for the City of Pasadena by displaying over 100 years of business technology. Anderson Business Technology receives the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce “Corporate Citizen of the Year” (for small business) award. Anderson Business Technology also receives a commendation from the City of Pasadena for being a responsible, active and important member of our community for the past 100 years. In addition, Anderson Business Technology receives a Congressional Recognition from the United States Congress stating: “in recognition of your contributions to the economic vitality of the City of Pasadena and your reputation as a responsible and reliable business.”
The copier (Multifunctional Device) has become an important part of an office’s business workflow. Like the “phone” function of an iphone/smartphone, the “copier” function is just an aspect of the device. Applications can be added to a Multifunction Device (very similar to the way applications can be added to cell phones). These applications may offer scanning to searchable PDFs, Document Management indexing, scanning directed to a customer’s intricate folder structure, test development and grading for education and virtually unlimited additional applications.