In 1934, Fred “Pop” Standley’s mother traded Indian-allotted land in Amber, OK to help him buy a building in downtown Chickasha, OK. Soon after, he opened The Fred Standley Typewriter Company, selling manual typewriters and 10-key adding machines.
Fred’s stepsons Jim and Don Elliott worked for their stepfather and bought the company in 1968, renaming it Standley Office Machines to reflect their mission to stay ahead of industry trends and deliver products and services to facilitate the growth of their customers’ businesses.
Jim Elliott’s son Tim grew up taking apart and cleaning typewriters, and worked for his father and uncle as a teen (he also sacked groceries and milked a cow to sell the milk for a dollar a gallon). Tim joined the family business the day he graduated high school in 1976 and took over the business at age 27 in 1985.
In 1990, Tim’s cousin, and current CFO, Greg Elliott joined the company. Ten years later they changed the name to Standley Systems to reflect its full range of products and solutions. Tim’s son Blake joined Standley Systems as Director of Operations in 2008, representing the fourth generation of this premier family-owned and operated Oklahoma business.