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No. 25 Carlyle Computer Products.


In 1980, Joe Johannson started selling computer diskettes, printer ribbons and data processing cards from his basement. Today, the Carlyle Corporation, as it is known, has 10 salespeople and has revenues approaching $7 million.

"We started off in the `groceries' of the computer industry," says son Derek, now the general manager.

Expanding to Regina and Vancouver, Carlyle has built a reputation of "in before 11--out the same day." "With an inventory of 1,800 items and a second warehouse in Vancouver, we are totally committed to being the only company in Western Canada with a full range of computer supplies," adds Derek.

Membership in both the Data Processing Managers Association (DPMA) and the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) has helped the company secure a major market share. "We are a direct distributor in this area for Vision Business Products, a group of computer supply specialist," continues Derek.

Computer technology is evolving so rapidly the company is always looking two years into the future. Derek anticipates having the optical laser disc as part of the firm's inventory in the near future replacing the almost obsolete data processing cards that were once the flagship of the company.
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Title Annotation:Manitoba's 50 Fastest Growing Companies; the Carlyle Corp.
Author:Matwijiw, Colleen
Publication:Manitoba Business
Date:Jan 1, 1990
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