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Chader Business Equipment of Waite Park, MN has been in business for over 70 years serving you with the finest in state-of-the-art technology and customer care.


Chader Business Equipment was founded by Carl Chader in 1946. He spent his early employment years as a service technician with the Underwood Company. He started his new company, “Chader”, by selling and servicing Underwood typewriters.


Carl sold his business to Vern Fish and Roger Olson in 1965, who were service technician and sales representatives respectfully at the Typewriter Shop in St. Cloud. Not long afterwards, Vern and Roger added their first service technician, Gordon Hove, and continued as an Underwood dealer. (Gordon Hove continued his employment with the company until his retirement in 2015. He was also a certified, trained technician on digital copiers and digital voice products.)


The first product to get added to Vern and Roger’s line was a dictation system by Stenocord. Chader then entered into the dictation and voice technology business and it still remains as one of the largest aspects of our business today.

In 1968, Vern and Roger incorporated the company in the state of Minnesota. In 1978, Vern and Roger sold the company to Jim Rose, who had spent many years as the national sales manager for the Lanier Corporation. Jim then added Olivetti word processors and SCM copiers to the line of products.


In 1986, Jim Rose sold the company to Donna Stai and Gordon Hove. Donna and Gordon expanded the copier division and added fax machines to the line of products within the first year of ownership. In 1988, they increased the line to include personal computers and other related products. Gordon Hove retired in 2015 from the company.


Chader started the construction of the current corporate offices in Waite Park, Minnesota in the spring of 1996. The building was specifically designed to better accommodate modern technology as well as the company’s growing needs. Chader Business Equipment placed their first digital dictation system in 1988 and installed the first copier/ printer in 1996.


Our market for printing solutions includes 13 counties in central Minnesota extending almost 100 miles around St. Cloud. These counties include Stearns, Morrison, Benton, Mille Lacs, Isanti, Kanabec, Sherburne, Crow Wing, Todd, Kandiyohi, Meeker, McLeod and Wright.


Chader Voice Technology (CBE’s voice product’s division) covers the entire State of Minnesota and offers products such as digital dictation, speech recognition and text packages. One of the specialties this division concentrates on includes the medical, legal, law enforcement and government markets.

"The improvements have been dramatic and the efficiencies have touched every area of our department."

- Gayle Holton - Duluth Police Department


"Our Physicians like to be able to talk into a handheld unit, play back their dictation, download it, and forget it."

- Ron Thiessen, Clinic Administrator


"In addition to the ease of installation, the system began demonstrating its value even before it was fully installed."

- Karl Jensen - Chief Deputy of Nicollet County