First Data Corp. has acquired Technology Solutions International, an Atlanta-based fax service bureau.
The deal, for which terms were not disclosed, marks First Data's entry into the fax messaging business. Technology Solutions will operate as an independent subsidiary under the Western Union Commercial Services name.
The Western Union unit aims to provide fax and fax-on-demand services to more than 1,000 clients. Technology Solutions' 35 employees will stay in place, including Joseph Rosenthal, 46, who founded the company in 1991.
"TSI has a good base in technology and is a high-growth company, which fits the profile of First Data's subsidiaries," said a spokesman for First Data's Western Union unit. "We're expecting our fax business to grow 30% by the end of 1997."