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Demco

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44810 Forest Run Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
United States
Web site: https://www.demco.com/
Email: custserv@demco.com

Resource Management Products (ILS or LSP)

Executive Leadership

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Chad Edwards
President
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Marc Helmer
Vice President of Operations
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Mike Wygocki
Executive Director of Customer Success
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Tory Laube
Executive Director of Sales
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Matthew Mulder
Executive Director, Product
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Pam Terry
Vice President, Marketing
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Kurt Ballweg
Vice President, Finance

Company Ownership

Demco is owned by Wall Family Enterprise

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions for Demco

Documents or articles featuring Demco

Breeding, Marshall. Demco Software Established. June 2017. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Demco Software has been established as a new technology-focused company, operating as a division of Demco, Inc., a major distributor of furniture, supplies, and other products. This new division brings together the technology companies that Demco has recently acquired, Evanced Solutions and Boopsie.

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News Announcements

June 11, 2020. Demco appoints Chad Edwards as President. ChampionScott Partners announced the appointment of Chad Edwards as President of Demco, Inc., a Wall Family Enterprise subsidiary and provider of product and service solutions to schools, libraries and commercial enterprise libraries. Chad brings over 20 years of education technology and services industry leadership experience to Demco.


June 11, 2020. Leading school and library supplier Demco gains new leader. Demco, Inc., and its parent company, Wall Family Enterprise, announced the appointment of Chad Edwards as president of Demco. He will begin in his new role on June 22, 2020.


November 13, 2018. DiscoverMobile poised to transform how public libraries engage. Demco Software announced the launch of DiscoverMobile version 1, a mobile app that completely transforms the ways in which public libraries engage their communities. DiscoverMobile puts all of a library’s resources – from books, to events, to meeting rooms, to databases and other third-party subscriptions –into a sleek, patron-friendly app that allows users to interact with their library on the go.


January 22, 2018. US Armed Forces Offer Brain Training to All Personnel. In recognition of recent breakthroughs in brain science, every soldier, sailor, airman and marine in the US Armed Forces will now have access to computerized brain training and assessments from Posit Science, through its BrainHQ web, phone and tablet apps.


January 19, 2018. Department of Defense makes brain training available using Demco Software and BrainHQ. Demco Software has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense through the libraries of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines to provide BrainHQ online brain training to members of the armed services. Now, a library card is all that active, reserve, and retired personnel and their families need to take advantage of scientifically-proven brain training. BrainHQ is available through Demco’s software platform, which offers 24/7 access to this online resource from the comfort of the patron’s device of choice.


December 7, 2017. Study shows brain training available to libraries via Demco Software lowers dementia risk. A newly published 10-year study funded by the National Institute of Health shows that brain training software offered exclusively to libraries by Demco Software reduced the risk of dementia. The online speed training exercise used in the study is now available through hundreds of public libraries, which offer free subscriptions to BrainHQ for their patrons through Demco Software’s user-friendly platform.


December 5, 2017. Demco Software takes reading programs to new heights for Michiganders. Demco Software announced it has partnered with the Library of Michigan to boost reader engagement and reading program enrollment with Wandoo Reader. More than just a summer reading management tool, Wandoo Reader enhances learning with a powerful, game-like experience.


October 17, 2017. Demco Software reinvents its Boopsie library mobile app with Demco DiscoverMobile. Demco DiscoverMobile is the next generation of the popular and much-loved Boopsie mobile app. The new app presents library information in the increasingly popular at-a-glance format, streamlining how patrons browse collections, check out titles, and register for upcoming events via their smartphones.


September 29, 2017. University of Pretoria Library expands digital access to its resources with Demco Software. Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria has launched a customized app that provides one-click access to its library’s assets, empowering researchers to use resources and services when and where they need them. Fully hosted and maintained by Demco Software, the University of Pretoria’s Boopsie mobile app will feature custom branding on a user-friendly interface, facilitating seamless access to authoritative content from trusted aggregators and publishers. A modifiable banner will increase visibility of key resources, and unique features will expand access to the library. Key among these are Ask a Librarian, Catalog Search, Subject Guides, Library Locator, Location and Hours, and social media integration.


September 13, 2017. Demco Software transforms library event marketing with DiscoverLocal. Demco Software today highlighted the far-reaching capabilities of DiscoverLocal, its latest innovation that gives libraries priority in local search results. Launched in June 2017, the new product is the first truly comprehensive discoverability tool that promotes libraries’ events and resources on the open web without requiring a library name to be mentioned in the search query.


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Corporate Chronology

Sep 30, 2020 Solus UK acquires Boopsie Mobile App Division from Demco, Inc
Solus UK announced it has acquired the Boopsie mobile app and customer base from Demco, Inc. All Boopsie customers will be migrated to the latest Solus Library App at no additional cost to their existing subscription.

Jun 11, 2020 Demco appoints Chad Edwards as President
ChampionScott Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Chad Edwards as President of Demco, Inc., a Wall Family Enterprise subsidiary and provider of product and service solutions to schools, libraries and commercial enterprise libraries. Chad brings over 20 years of education technology and services industry leadership experience to Demco.

Dec 10, 2018 Sean Ryan appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Wall Family Enterprise
Wall Family Enterprise announced the appointment of Sean Ryan as chief executive officer. He began leading the organization's portfolio of global businesses serving schools and libraries on December 10, 2018.

Jan 2017 Demco, Inc. launches Demco Software
Demco announced the launch of Demco Software, a new division that offers mobile apps, programming resources and management tools

Oct 01, 2015 Demco acquires Boopsie
Demco, Inc., a leading library supplier, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide.

Apr 11, 2011 Demco acquires Evanced Solutions
DEMCO announced the acquisition of Evanced Solutions, a market leader in developing and distributing solutions allowing libraries to web-enable their services and streamline day-to-day management tasks.

2011 MaudeSport joins Wall Family Enterprise
In 2011 Maudesport joined the Wall Family Enterprise Group.

Dec 20, 2010 DEMCO acquires Highsmith from Grainger Inc.
DEMCO has acquired the assets of Highsmith, an award-winning educational products and library supplier, from W.W. Grainger Inc, the leading broad-line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products serving business and institutions.

Aug 24, 2009 Demco Europe acquires Timstar Laboratory Suppliers
Crewe-based Timstar Laboratory Suppliers has been sold to Demco Europe, a UK subsidiary of the US-based Wall Family Enterprise. The company, which is owned by husband-and-wife team Tim and Sue Wilton-Morgan, last year generated pre-tax profits in excess of £300,000 on revenues of £4.7m. The deal will enable Tim, who established the business in 1970, to retire. BCMS advised.

May 31, 2007 Wall Family Enterprise acquires Hatch
Wall Family Enterprise,has acquired Hatch, Inc. located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Hatch is a leading supplier providing technology and classroom material solutions to the early childhood market.

Mar 2006 Sagebrush Educational Resources acquires Turtleback Books
Sagebrush Educational Resources acquires Turtleback Books from Demco Media.

2006 Boopsie founded by Greg Carpenter and Tim Kay
Boopsie founded by Greg Carpenter and Tim Kay

2005 Wall Family Enterprise acquires Technology Supplies Limited
Wall Family Enterprise acquires Technology Supplies Limited

May 20, 2003 Gaylord Information Systems renamed GIS Information Systems
Gaylord Information Systems announced that the name of the company has been changed to GIS Information Systems, Inc. This change follows on the announcement that DEMCO, Inc. has acquired the Gaylord library supplies and furniture division of Gaylord Bros., Inc. from the Croydon Company. Croydon, which has owned Gaylord Bros. for more than thirty years, will continue to own GIS Information Systems, Inc.

May 01, 2003 Croydon Company sells Gaylord Bros to Demco, retains ownership of Gaylord Information Systems
Gaylord Information Systems, a leader in library automation with its Polaris and GALAXY integrated library systems, announced today that the name of the company has been changed to GIS Information Systems, Inc. This change follows on the announcement that DEMCO, Inc. has ac

Jun 2001 Demco acquires remainder of LFC from founder Trevor Taylor
Demco acquires remainder of LFC from founder Trevor Taylor

2001 Wall Family Enterprise acquires Don Gresswell Company, Ltd
Wall Family Enterprise acquires Don Gresswell Company, Ltd

Jan 2000 Evanced Solutions founded by Todd Cutler and Rob Cullin
Evanced Solutions founded by Todd Cutler and Rob Cullin

1998 Ed Muir is appointed as president of DEMCO
Ed Muir is appointed as president of DEMCO

1993 DEMCO acqires 75 percent equity of Library Furnishing Consultants
In 1993, DEMCO expanded internationally by acquiring Library Furnishing Consultants, a British company that supplied shelving and other furniture items to libraries. Trevor Taylor, founder of LFC, sold seventy-five percent of LFC to DEMCO Inc

1991 Bill Stroner is named president of DEMCO.

1991 Maudesport founded
Maudesport founded

Mar 1989 Greg M. Larson is named president, and John Wall becomes chairman and CEO.
In March 1989, DEMCO announced that Greg M. Larson was its new president. With Larson's appointment, Wall became the company's chairman and CEO. Larson, who had served DEMCO for five years as vice-president of marketing, earned an undergraduate business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1972, followed by an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1981.

1986 Technology Supplies Limited founded by Michael Roberts and Roger Weeks
Technology Supplies Limited was launched in 1986 by Design & Technology teachers Michael Roberts and Roger Weeks who founded the company to supply products to schools to meet the needs of a developing design & technology curriculum.

1984 Hatch Early Learning founded
Hatch Early Learning founded

1978 President John Wall leads a successful leveraged buyout of DEMCO.
"An important development occurred in 1978, when an Alabama firm offered to buy DEMCO from Banta. Along with William Erickson, vice-president of operations; Greg Larson, vice-president of marketing; and Lawrence Sobyak, vice-president of finance, President John Wall made a successful counteroffer and purchased DEMCO. However, significant challenges remained. These included a loan that carried an interest rate of 25 percent, as well as a debt-to-equity ratio of 11 to 1. DEMCO's Alesco subsidiary also was struggling financially. In the May 1993 issue of In Business, Wall said: "There were 24 people at the closing downtown, including all the vice-presidents from Banta, and they were saying, sotto voce, down at the end of the table, 'They'll never make it. They'll go bankrupt in six months.'" Although the buyout put a strain on DEMCO's resources until the mid- to late 1980s, Wall and his executive team were successful in keeping the company afloat and guiding it to more prosperous times."

1972 DEMCO becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Menasha, Wisconsin-based George Banta Co., Inc.
In 1972, Norman Bassett retired as chairman, and the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of Menasha, Wisconsin-based George Banta Co., Inc., one of the nation's leading printers of educational materials. DEMCO's sales for fiscal year 1971 totaled $5.8 million, while the larger Banta had recorded sales of nearly $40 million in the first three quarters of calendar year 1971.

1972 Norman Bassett retires as DEMCO chairman

1970 Timstar Laboratory Suppliers founded by Tim Wilton-Morgan
Timstar Laboratory Suppliers founded by Tim Wilton-Morgan

1968 John E. Wall is named president of Demco
One of the most important developments in DEMCO's history occurred in 1968, when John E. Wall was named president. He would provide valuable leadership to the company for many years. Born in Chicago on April 17, 1926, Wall served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps during World War II and earned an undergraduate philosophy degree from Xavier University in 1950. His professional management career began that same year at Inland Steel Co. in Indiana Harbor, Indiana. Wall's career path then took him to a number of manufacturing firms in the Chicago area, including Cook Electric. After joining DEMCO, Wall invigorated the company in a number of ways. Despite a burgeoning education market during the 1960s, DEMCO's growth had been sluggish because of a culture that downplayed risk taking. According to the May 1993 issue of In Business, Wall "wandered around, asked people questions, and gave them the go-ahead to try new ideas. He had employee luncheons and set up quarterly 'state-of-the-company' meetings with managers and year-end meetings with all employees. Another step Wall took early on was to set up a board of outside directors."

1965 Demco establishes a warehouse and production facility in DeForest, Wisconsin.
In 1965, DEMCO obtained what eventually would grow into a 176,000-square-foot warehouse and production facility in DeForest, Wisconsin.

1931 Norman D. (Smiley) Bassett purchases DEMCO.
Norman D. (Smiley) Bassett, who purchased DEMCO in 1931, has been credited as DEMCO's founding father. Born in Minneapolis on Nicolet Island, Bassett graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1914 after attending the Jefferson School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and New Jersey's Lawrenceville Preparatory School. He served in the U.S. Navy and Air Corps during World War I and then pursued a successful business career. After buying the DEMCO division from Democrat Printing, Bassett established it as an independent enterprise, and the former parent company reorganized as Webcrafters, Inc. As DEMCO's president and chairman, Bassett led the company for many years.

1905 DEMCO is established as a division of the Democrat Printing Co.
DEMCO's roots stretch back to 1905, when the company was a division of the Democrat Printing Co. At that time, its primary role was printing forms for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Library.