Pacific Office Automation, an Oregon-headquartered company and the largest office equipment dealer in the U.S., invested $1.3 million to renovate a vacant building in Downtown Salem. The company has relocated 22 employees to the new location.
In 2016, Pacific Office Automation purchased 260 Liberty Street NE, a prominent downtown building that had been vacant for more than eight years, and began significant interior and exterior renovations. Renovations included a new storefront façade, an elevator, ADA/seismic upgrades, electrical upgrades, and a sprinkler system. Renovations are now complete and the company has moved their show room and staff to the downtown space and has plans to lease out the remaining unoccupied space in the building to other users.
“We are extremely happy that Pacific Office Automation has chosen to make such a large investment in Downtown Salem.” said Kristin Retherford, Urban Development Director. “Their building improvements and employees are a welcome addition that will add to the vitality of our Downtown.”
The company utilized Salem’s Urban Development Department’s Capital Improvement Program to help partially fund the renovations. They also received assistance through Urban Development's Site Reuse and Revitalization Program for the building’s Phase 1 Environmental Assessment.
“Pacific Office is excited about being a part of the revitalization and renewal of Downtown Salem. As a local company, with local roots, it is an honor to contribute to the growth of Downtown,” said Doug Pitassi, President, Pacific Office Automation.
Pacific Office Automation started in 1976 in Portland, Oregon, selling copy machines. Forty years later, they are a recognized leader in office management solutions, offering state-of-the-art technology and award-winning customer service that has helped them grow to 25 offices throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado.