OFM, Inc

OFM, Inc
OFM, Inc
Type Private
Founded (1995)
Headquarters Flag of the United States.svg Holly Springs, North Carolina USA
Key people Abel Zalcberg, Founder & CEO; Barbara Zalcberg, President; Blake Zalcberg, COO
Products Office furniture, chairs, tables, desks and school furniture, filing cabinets, workstations.
Website www.ofminc.com

OFM, Inc., is a leading U.S. office furniture manufacturer, distributor, and wholesaler. It specializes in office and school furniture sold through a dealer network to business, government and educational clients.

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About

Founded in 1995, OFM is a U.S. office and school furniture manufacturer, distributor, and wholesaler with headquarters in Holly Springs, North Carolina, and operations in Phoenix, Arizona, and Taiwan.[1] OFM contracts with manufacturers in Mexico, Taiwan, and China to design furniture and related products which are sold through a dealer network to businesses, government offices, health care and educational facilities. OFM products are sold through a variety of retailers, mail-order catalogs and online dealers including OfficeFurniture.com, Corporate Express, and National Business Furniture.[2]

History

After working for years as a furniture manufacturing sales representative, Abel Zalcberg founed his own company in 1995. Using personal savings, he and his wife Barbara set up an office in their home, printed up a catalog and sold chairs from vendors Abel had worked with in the past. The company offered faster delivery times by keeping less inventory in stock.[3]

Today, OFM is a major wholesale operation that specializes in providing affordable furniture to general businesses and government offices, as well as schools and hospitals. The company’s products are also sold through a variety of catalogs and online dealers, including Officefurniture.com, Furnitureonline.com and Officedepot.com. It has around 25 employees.[4] The Zalcbergs' son, Blake, serves as the company's chief operating officer.[5]

The company's headquarters are a 124,000-square-foot (11,500 m2) office and warehouse in Holly Springs, North Carolina. It is currently planning a 15,000- to 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) expansion to allow faster shipping of low-volume products, such as chairs in non-standard colors.[6] OFM also contracts with manufacturers in Mexico, Taiwan, and China to design furniture and products.

It recently announced it is installing a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of its main building in Holly Springs.[7] The company recently secured a loan covering 100 percent of the cost of a 250-kilowatt solar-panel system for its rooftop.[8]

The company is financing a new project that will help make its headquarters in North Carolina completely carbon neutral. OFM will be installing a 250-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system on the roof of its main building in Holly Springs, North Carolina, The power generated each month through the solar farm will then be sold to Progress Energy.[9] OFM Inc. is installing 1,042 solar panels on the roof of its 124,000-square-foot (11,500 m2) office and warehouse by the end of the year.[10]

Facilities and Operations

• 124,000-square-foot (11,500 m2) office and warehouse in Holly Springs, North Carolina
• 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) warehouse space in shared building in Phoenix, Arizona

Product Lines

OFM manufactures and distributes over 300 office and school furniture products for use in businesses, government, schools and health care facilities.

Accessories: OFM carries a number of different accessories including a dollies; kneelers; book racks; back cushions; hanging opens shelves; ambient lighting; CPU holders; hard floor casters; adjustable arm sets; shelf dividers; and more.

Chairs: Seating products meet or exceed ANSI/BIFMA standards for commercial use. OFM stocks a full array of chairs including stools; computer and task chairs; multi-shift; executive fabric; guest and reception; executive leather; stackable; big & tall; office recliner; and Readylink group seating chairs.

Cubicles: Cubicles and workstations are designed for easy assembly. No tools are required to assemble the OFM cubicles and workstations. Currently OFM stocks three different cubicle series including the RiZe Information; the RiZe Kits; and RiZe Components models.

Greenguard: Greenguard certified products by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute for low chemical emissions, including stack chairs with and without arms; and plastic seat and back stackers.

Storage: A variety of storage solutions are available including the X5 and X5 lite; file pedestals; wire shelving; and office furniture shelving.

Tables & Desks: Designed and fabricated with top quality materials for durability in a commercial environment. OFM stocks a wide array of tables and desks including reception and conference tables; multipurpose tables; training tables and computer desks; and cluster tables.

Notes

  1. ^ OFM, Inc., Fact Sheet. Accessed April 14, 2010.
  2. ^ Gumpel, Eve. "Secrets of Success: Service, Innovation." Women Entrepreneur. Jan. 5, 2010.
  3. ^ Gallagher, James. "Company well seated in furniture business." Triangle Business Journal. Sept. 19, 2008.
  4. ^ "OFM, Inc., company profile." Hoovers.com. Accessed April 14, 2010.
  5. ^ Quinn, Kristin."How Do You YouTube?." Print Solutions Magazine. May 1, 2010.
  6. ^ Field, Anne. "Buying a building for your company." American Express OPEN Forum. Jan. 5, 2010.
  7. ^ "OFM to Sell Solar Panels to Progress Energy." MSN Money.com. April 15, 2010.
  8. ^ Needleman, Sarah."Businesses Wait for Green Energy Payback." Wall Street Journal. April 22, 2010.
  9. ^ Dishman, Lydia "http://www.fastcompany.com/1621649/ofm-progress-energy-solar-north-carolina." FastCompany.com. April 20, 2010.
  10. ^ Wolf, Alan "Furniture maker's solar plans will boost bottom line." News & Observer. April 22, 2010.

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