Together with our sponsors, Empire hosted an event earlier this month in Atlanta’s thriving West Midtown neighborhood. On the gorgeous 7th-floor amenity space of the brand-new Star Metals building, we hosted an incredible group from the design & broker communities, manufacturer partners, and clients from every vertical market.

We celebrated the launch of Empire Office in Atlanta (post-DeKalb Office acquisition) while listening to live music from Suburban Desperados and enjoying the delicious cuisine from Proof of the Pudding caterers.

Thank you to everyone who came and made the evening unforgettable! And a BIG thank you to our generous sponsors: AMQ, Arcadia, CFC Group, Complete, DesignTex, Global Furniture Group, IOA/Six Degrees, Kimball International, Krug, MRG Southeast, Main Solutions, OFS, SE Contract, SitonIt Seating, Steelcase, & WIT Contract.

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Peter Gaslow, President and CEO of Empire Office, Inc., a leading provider of curated furniture & interior solutions for commercial spaces, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire DeKalb Office Environments, Inc., establishing its local presence in Atlanta and Birmingham. The transaction will close on January 1, 2022, at which point, the DeKalb Office name will temporarily transition to DeKalb by Empire Office, along with an accompanying updated logo, website and brand identity.

With a proven 75-year history, Empire Office is a recognized leader achieving a long-standing ranking on the Crain’s New York Business’ list of the Largest Privately Held Companies in the New York area and being named as one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ by the Orlando Business Journal, among others. New York-headquartered Empire Office has grown its physical footprint significantly in recent years, first entering the Florida market in 2009 and expanding further in the state in three other subsequent acquisitions between 2012 and 2015. With the announcement of the DeKalb Office acquisition, Empire Office expands its reach within the Eastern half of the U.S., making it the largest firm of its kind in the country.

DeKalb Office has provided commercial interior solutions since 1952 and is a leader in the Healthcare and Education vertical markets. As the sole Steelcase dealership in Atlanta and Birmingham, the company has worked with approximately half of the Fortune500 companies headquartered in Atlanta. Throughout its history, DeKalb has been committed to supporting the local communities in which it operates since its inception.

“DeKalb has a great reputation in the Atlanta and Birmingham markets,” Gaslow stated. “We believe building on the DeKalb heritage, while leveraging Empire’s experience and broad reach, will enable us to offer next-level services and unparalleled support for the companies located within these markets.”

Since 1984, DeKalb Office has been led by Owner and CEO John Rasper. Under Rasper’s direction, DeKalb has built a reputation for being a creative, knowledgeable, and collaborative partner, providing innovative workplace solutions to a remarkably diverse client base. Throughout his career, John served on the Board of three local Chambers and was the Chairman of the Greater North Fulton Chamber. With the announcement of this acquisition, Rasper is also announcing his official retirement from the contract furniture industry.

“After 48 years in the industry, and 37 leading DeKalb in particular, I want to thank all of my colleagues, staff and business associates with whom I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with over the years,” Rasper said. “With Empire at the helm, I have no doubt there will be great things ahead for our clients and partners in the years to come.”

“As a company, we are thrilled to welcome the DeKalb team into the Empire Office family,” Gaslow said. “John has done an excellent job of steering DeKalb for many years, enabling it to become the successful and respected organization it is today. We wish him all the best as he enjoys a very well-deserved retirement.”

Currently located in Alpharetta, GA and Birmingham, AL, the physical locations of the DeKalb showrooms and warehouses will remain unchanged in the immediate future.

 

 

Dear Empire Family,

This year we’re celebrating a big milestone, our 75th anniversary!

Like most small businesses, our story started with modest beginnings. Abraham Gaslow founded Empire Office Furniture in 1946. Our first sale was a desk which we hand-delivered from our office in downtown Manhattan to our financial services client on Wall Street.

Over the last 75 years, we’ve grown and expanded with new locations and additional services. Today, Empire is the largest Steelcase dealer nationwide, with 400+ manufacturers represented and over 400+ employees across the US. We are proud to be ranked as one of Crain’s New York Business’ Largest Privately Owned Companies year after year.

Through it all, our commitment to delivering comprehensive, creative, and cost-effective solutions for our clients has only grown stronger. Today, we’re thankful for our clients who have been at the heart of our company since the beginning, and we thank our team and manufacturer partners for helping to bring our mission to life.

Join us as we take a look over the past 75 years and see how far we’ve come.

Here’s to the next 75 years together!

EXPLORE OUR ANNIVERSARY STORIES:

Celebrating 75 Years | Then & Now

Celebrating 75 Years | A Q&A With Our Team

 

At Empire, we are proud of all that we’ve been able to accomplish in our 75 years, but what stands out is the long tenure that we have with our employees. We have some of the best in the business and their consistent dedication and hard work help make us who we are as a company.

We asked some of our seasoned employees to take a walk down memory lane with us and recall some of their favorite memories over the years. Here’s what they had to say.

 

WHAT IS AN EARLY OR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM OVER THE YEARS?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT WORK ACCOMPLISHMENT ARE YOU ESPECIALLY PROUD OF?

 

 

 

 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT EMPIRE?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU AT WORK?

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAS CHANGED THE MOST ABOUT EMPIRE SINCE YOU STARTED?

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLORE OUR ANNIVERSARY STORIES:

Celebrating 75 Years | A Thank You

Celebrating 75 Years | Then & Now

1946 vs. 2021: the two years may have more in common than you may initially think.

In 1946, World War II had just ended the year prior. It was the start of what we would later call the “Baby Boomer” years (1946-1964). Across the country, there was unrest among Americans with frequent labor strikes and protests. Overall, people were ready to get their lives “back to normal” and rebuild after six long years of war and uncertainty.

Today in 2021, that feeling resonates in such a familiar way as we look back at the last year with the global pandemic and subsequent events that followed. While we still find ourselves in the middle of the current health, social justice and economic crises, we are hopeful for a new day just as our founder Abraham Gaslow was in 1946 when he founded Empire Office.

Despite some of those similarities, a lot has changed in the 75 years since Empire Office was founded.

Let us paint a picture of what life was like in the year 1946:

Average Costs

Lifestyle

Notable Inventions

World Events

Other Famous Brand Introductions

Notable Births

EXPLORE OUR ANNIVERSARY STORIES:

Celebrating 75 Years | A Thank You

Celebrating 75 Years | A Q&A With Our Team

We are in difficult, trying times. Over the last few weeks, throughout the country, we have seen widespread unrest. All of the communities where Empire is a part of have been affected by the recent events. While we are opposed to any form of violence, our nation cannot turn a “blind eye” to intolerance, injustice and inequity, to any person, or group of people. As an industry leader, it is important to address this, and to clearly state: we are committed to the principle that each individual is entitled to humanity, safety, liberty, and security.

Empire is extremely proud of our diverse population of employees, made up of people from many backgrounds, races and ethnicities. This rich diversity makes us better as individuals and as a company. This diversity also assists us in every aspect of how we think and perform. Diversity makes us more innovative, and hopefully, helps us all embrace our differences for a common good.

While we are listening with open ears to the truths being communicated, we aren’t sitting idly by on the sidelines. Empire is committed to being part of the long overdue change in our country. This week we introduced our “90-day Charity Support Program,” in which we have identified certain charities to match employee donations dollar for dollar. We are proud to partner with these great organizations that serve a diverse community and are well known and respected.

Empire’s donations, combined with the donations of its employees, could lead to considerable monies donated to the respective charities, and Empire and its employees will be able to help support these important causes in a much-needed time in our nation’s history.

The charities in Empire’s Charity Program are as follows:

            1.         United Negro College Fund

            2.         United Way

            3.         National Urban League

We will consolidate all donations and make the matching donations on August 31, 2020.

Beyond the charity contributions, Empire has been committed to and will continue to uphold our equal opportunity employer status promoting diversity and inclusion within our own workplace.

It is our sincere hope and prayer that the universal outcry from these events will bring about tangible changes that will create a more just and inclusive society.

We wish everyone good health and safety during these trying times.

The Empire Management Team

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