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About FCBE

Consumer Choice Award 3 Years RunningForest City Business Equipment is an Authorized Dealership for Panasonic, Oki-Data, Kyocera, Nakajima and Dahle. We offer a full-line of copiers, printers, scanners, fax machines, shredders, folders, electronic whiteboards and typewriters.

Through all the years and many changes, one thing has remained constant – customer service. At Forest City Business Equipment, the customer comes first. You can expect the highest level of service possible from our staff.

Forest City Business Equipment takes great pride in achieving multiple Consumer Choice awards from 2015 to 2017.

Our History

Our History

1981
June 1

Start of something special

FCBE Logo Grey Background
George Payne, a 12-year veteran in the business equipment industry, started Forest City Business Equipment. The business started in his grandmother’s basement on Rectory Street in London Ontario. By November of that year, the company had seen such rapid growth that it was necessary to move out of the basement and into a larger space.
1985
July 14

Hamilton Road

The company purchased a building on Hamilton Road in 1985. The company grew at a steady pace, selling and servicing typewriters. It continued to widen its scope of office equipment and services to its loyal following.
1986
July 14

Computers to typewriters

In 1986, FCBE was hooking up computers to typewriters, to make them communicate both ways instead of just as a printer. It was a feature unheard of in the typewriter world, but we did it.
1987
July 14

Savin of Canada

Savin of Canada copier/fax products were added to the line-up. FCBE became one of the largest office equipment dealers in Canada. The product line expanded to word processors, printers
1989
July 14

Authorized Dealer of TEC

Forest City Business Equipment became an Authorized Dealer of TEC cash registers. Soon they went from zero to the largest dealer for sales and service volume in Canada in both 1989 and 1990.
1992
July 14

Panasonic Dealer

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In 1992, Forest City had the opportunity to become the new Panasonic Copier Dealer for the City of London.
1993
April 10

Panafax Dealer

In April 1993, the Panasonic facsimile division, Panafax, named Forest City as its newest dealer. The main focus of Forest City’s operations turned from typewriters, calculators, and dictation equipment to copiers and fax products.
1999
July 14

Growing Customer Base

FCBE started with a small base of customers that grew to many contracts, time and material customers by 1999.
2002
October 14

Bob Tudhope & Ontario Service Award

FCBE 2002 Ontario Service Award
George Payne receives Bob Tudhope Award from the Victoria Family Medical Centure and the 2002 Ontario Service Award.
2003
February 27

A Hamilton Road Hero

Hamilton Road Hero - London Free Press
East Side Story Paper by Penny Picton
2012
July 14

MFP, Oki-Data and Kyocera

Since that time, technology has exploded with multi-functional equipment.  FCBE has kept pace with the technology by creating additional relationships with OKI-Data and Kyocera.
2013
July 14

Managed Print Services

Managed Print Services is more important now than ever as companies struggle to keep their costs down and improve workflows. Because of this, FCBE proudly offers this crucial service to its clients.
2015
February 2

Consumer Choice Award

FCBE Consumer Choice Award 2013
FCBE receives the consumer choice award for outstanding customer service 2015.

Company Affiliations

George and his staff have developed many affiliations in the London Ontario area and we are proud to support them. George has continued to strengthen his ties to the following businesses and associations:

 

Better Business Bureau 
Better Business Bureau Accredited BusinessForest City Business is BBB Accredited since June 20th, 2013. For more information please see our BBB page.

 

Jesse’s Journey
Jesse's JourneyForest City has assisted John Davidson and Jesse’s Journey with their business equipment and service needs as well as being a financial contributor.


Rowbust Dragon Boat Team

FCBE is a proud sponsor of the Rowbust Dragon Boat Racing Team with their office equipment needs and services.

 

Free Mason LogoFree Masons

George is a member of the Masons – Merrill Lodge, No. 344, Dorcherster Ontario

 

Hamilton Road Area Business Association LogoHamilton Road Area Business Association

George was a Past President of the Hamilton Road Area Business Association.

 

London Executives Association

London Executives Association LogoFCBE is a proud and contributing member of the London Executives Association, a non-profit worldwide referral network built on a simple shared belief: “the people we know are the people we trust.”

 

Business Club of London LogoBusiness Club of London

FCBE is a long-standing member of this London-based club that started in 1954 and continues to prosper.

 

Legion – Branch 176

Legion LogoGeorge is a member of the Legion, Branch #176. For many years, he’s contributed with needed equipment and service wherever possible across Southwestern Ontario.

 

CFIB
CFIB Member Logo

FCBE is a member of CFIB, which represents the interests of the small business community to all three levels of government. They fight for tax fairness, reasonable labour laws and reduction of regulatory paper burden.