Our History

Copy Products, Inc. was founded by Vernon S. Starks and his wife, Antonette Starks, in 1963 as a printing company. While working in the printing industry, the Starkses saw the impending process of hand-cranked mimeographs and oversized, messy printing presses becoming obsolete. Following this realization was an opportunity to enter the then experimental field of office copier sales and service, resulting in the inception of Copy Products, Inc. At the time (1968), the copy process included a liquid process, and copiers used treated, rolled paper.

Through dedication and hard work, the Starkses’ risky endeavor of opening Copy Products, Inc. proved to be a rewarding process that created a mainstay in the area of office equipment. The incorporation of Copy Products, Inc. took place 1971. In 1972, Copy Products, Inc. became an authorized Savin copier dealer, adding the Royal (now Konica) line.

CPI’s first expansion occurred when the Pittsburg, Kansas location opened in 1978. In 1982, CPI complemented its product line by becoming an IBM business partner, offering IBM typewriters to customers. The next CPI location opened in 1984 in Emporia, Kansas, with another expansion to follow in 1987 with the addition of the Joplin, Missouri office.

Vernon returned to his printing roots when the Risograph digital duplicator was added to CPI’s showcase of products. The most exciting move came about when the Springfield, Missouri location opened its doors, acting as the sole authorized Konica and Toshiba copier and facsimile dealer in the area. The accumulation of two more stores, one in Mountain Home, Arkansas (1988) and one in Bentonville, Arkansas (2000) increased the member count of the Copy Products, Inc. family, both as employees and customers. CPI’s latest expansion occurred in 2006 with the opening of the Wichita, Kansas office. This office extends their reach into the heart of the Sunflower State.


With more than 70 employees, Copy Products, Inc. has formed a strong team of account representatives, technical support, and administration who have enabled CPI to be voted one of the Top 50 Office Equipment Dealers in the United States by Office Dealer magazine, multiple times.


In addition to having access to the latest technology and the most cost-effective service response in the industry, CPI’s customers can count on a long-term and satisfying business relationship with us.

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