Gile Family Announces Shift of Focus to Growing Technology Properties, Finalizes Sale of Local Office Supply Business

Oldest, largest independent dealer in Albany sells to largest independent in the country

Albany, NY – Completing a transition which began in the late 90’s, the Gile family has today finalized the sale of its local office supply presence and will now focus solely on their technology offerings, which are headlined by WSG.net.  The R.J. Gile Co. Inc. office supply business was officially sold to W.B. Mason today.

The Giles will continue with the local operations of Web Services Group, Inc. (WSG.net), along with their other online retail entities.

Established in 1977 by Rick and Olga Gile as a typewriter repair and stationery shop in the back of their Troy, NY home, the R.J. Gile Company grew to be Albany’s oldest and largest independently owned office supply dealer.  W.B. Mason is the largest independently owned office supplier in the nation.

“We started with typewriters, rubber stamps, carbon paper and the like.  Today we service computers, networks and maintain dynamic web presences,” said Rick Gile.  “Keeping up with this shift and adapting to new technologies has helped us become the vibrant organization we are today.”

In the late 90’s, the Giles began diversifying their offerings, adding what is now WSG.net in 1996.  As the second generation of the family business, WSG is led by Rick and Olga’s two sons – Mike and Jim Gile.  WSG.net is a full-service provider of web solutions, IT consulting and network support, and web hosting.

“We identified a dual opportunity when our abilities as a design and technology firm began to flourish,” said Jim Gile, WSG’s Vice President  “We could offer world-class web and IT services to other businesses as well as being able to create and support our own internet stores to potentially compete in every market across the country and around the world.  It is clear that the present and the future of our company exist in the continued aggressive expansion of these offerings.”

Today, WSG serves numerous clients in the Capital Region and other markets in New York state and beyond, while Gile’s eCommerce properties, focusing outside the local area, now service customers in all 50 states, along with 22 countries.

“Our father’s mission statement at RJ Gile was always very simple:  Customer Retention.  He always taught us that what was in the client’s best interest was always in our best interest,” said Mike Gile.  “We operate WSG in this same manner, with an emphasis on our customers’ needs.”

Company Timeline

1977: Rick and Olga Gile open the R.J. Gile Co. Inc. office supply dealership in Troy, NY.

1989: R.J. Gile purchases Green’s Office Outfitters, Est. 1912.

1996: WSG is formed.  WSG began as an Internet Service Provider, but quickly transformed into a Web Development and IT Support firm with a strong focus on customer service.

1997: WSG and R.J. Gile move central operations to Colonie, NY.

2006: GileToys.com is launched, offering the sale of educational games and toys through its web site and various charity fundraisers.

2009: Local office supply business sold to W.B. Mason.