Name Change Final Step in Alliance With Toshiba Business Solutions

IRVINE , California   ( Feb 17, 2005 ) :

In a demonstration of strength and unity, Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS) today announced that Rochester, New York-headquartered Business Methods will officially change its name to TBS/New York (TBS-NY). The name change is the final step in aligning Business Methods with TBS following the company’s acquisition one year ago in February 2004.

Since acquiring Business Methods, TBS also has acquired New York-based Northern Business Systems and Becker Business Systems. Each dealership was merged with Business Methods and managed under the direction of Steven Sauer, president of Business Methods. The combined companies, as a whole, will now be named TBS-NY.

"The process of becoming a TBS company began a year ago when we chose to align ourselves with Toshiba, one of the industry’s top business machine manufacturers," said Steven Sauer, president of TBS/NY. "Since that time, our customers and employees have benefited from Toshiba’s strength and support. Changing our name to more closely align our company was the natural next step."

TBS recently announced its 33rd dealer acquisition since creating its business expansion plan of increasing market share and through the acquisition of large independent dealers in the leading U.S. markets.

"The transition of bringing Business Methods, Northern Business Systems and Becker Business Systems into the Toshiba family has been quite smooth," said Wayne Wilkinson, vice president of TBS. "The name change to TBS-NY is the final step that will unify these three companies into a single unit, and at the same time will strengthen the Toshiba name in the greater New York area."

About Business Methods

Business Methods was founded in 1957 as an office equipment company. Today the company focuses on copier sales with market solutions in three locations covering 28 counties in Western and Central New York. In addition to multifunctional printers and high-end management solutions, Business Methods has another division called AV Solutions that markets innovative, integrated audio-visual equipment. The company’s legacy is built on strong business values, with an emphasis on real client satisfaction and phenomenal employees.

About Toshiba America Business Solutions

Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. (TABS) manages product planning, marketing, sales, service support and distribution of copiers, facsimiles, multifunction printing products, network controllers and toner products throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TABS has four divisions: the Electronic Imaging Division, Toner Products Division and Document Solutions Engineering Division; and Toshiba Business Solutions (TBS), which operates a national network of wholly owned subsidiaries.

Named the most favored manufacturer in seven of the past eight years by the Business Technology Association (BTA), Toshiba's entire product line, customer support and marketing distribution policies are markers for the industry. Among the many other awards garnered in recent years, Toshiba was named the "Copier Manufacturer of the Year" by the Marketing Research Consultants (MRC) in 2004, 2002, 2001, 1998 and 1997, was named to the CIO 100 for being one of the top 100 "agile" companies in the world in 2004, and received the CIO Web Business award for its leading edge intranet site in 2000, 1999 and 1998.

TABS is an independent operating company of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest electronics/electrical equipment company and the world's 62nd largest company in terms of sales. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the 8th Most Admired Electronics Company in America and 9th Most Admired Electronics Company in the World, Toshiba Corporation is a world leader in high technology products with more than 300 major subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Fiscal year revenue in 2003 was approximately $53 billion.

For more information on Toshiba copier, facsimile, multifunction printing products, network controllers or toner products, or for a dealer in your area, call 1 800 GO TOSHIBA or visit the TABS Web site at