Fred “Pop” Standley’s mother traded Indian-allotted land in Amber, OK to help him buy a building in downtown Chickasha, OK. Soon after, he opened The Fred Standley Typewriter Company, selling manual typewriters and 10-key adding machines.
Fred’s stepsons, Jim and Don Elliott, who worked for their stepfather, bought the company renaming it Standley Office Machines to reflect their mission to stay ahead of industry trends and deliver products and services to facilitate the growth of their customers’ businesses.
Jim Elliott’s son Tim grew up taking apart and cleaning typewriters and worked for his father and uncle as a teen (he also sacked groceries and milked a cow to sell the milk for a dollar a gallon). Tim joined the family business the day he graduated high school.
Standley Systems opens an office in Lawton, Oklahoma to better serve southwestern Oklahoma.
Tim took over the business at age 27.
Standley Systems branches out to Oklahoma City through the purchase of NuTech and later moves into the Oil Center West Tower in OKC. Standley acquires Woolsey’s Office Products in Duncan, Oklahoma and it expands its reach in southern Oklahoma.
Don Elliott’s son, and current COO, Greg Elliott joined the company.
Standley opens Ardmore office to serve southern Oklahoma. Allen Systems of Ardmore is acquired.
They changed the name to Standley Systems to reflect its full range of products and solutions.
Tulsa location added to better serve Eastern Oklahoma.
Tim’s son Blake joined Standley Systems as Director of Operations, representing the fourth generation of this premier family-owned and operated Oklahoma business.
Standley acquires Ricoh’s Oklahoma clients and expands in Tulsa and northwest Oklahoma through the acquisition of Document Imaging Solutions and Enid Typewriter Company.
Blake Elliott, son of Tim Elliott, joins ownership team.