After 56 years in its offices on South Center Street, Machabee Office Environments has moved to a new location.
The family-owned firm, which has been in operation since 1940, recently completed an extensive renovation of its warehouse, located at 475 Valley Road, which allows the company to house its showroom, offices and warehouse in one location.
According to Gary Machabee, the company and its 35 Reno-based employees moved operations Nov. 9.
The opening of the new 33,000-square-foot facility near Fourth Street comes amid increased redevelopment efforts across the east downtown Reno area.
“The renovation and addition on the Valley Road location took about three years to complete,” Machabee said. “This move will allow us to streamline operations from one facility, and the new working showroom features some of the latest advances in workplace furnishings.”
He said the new location also provides ample parking for customers.
Machabee said he is proud to be a part of a revitalization of the area near Valley Road and Fourth Street.
He said the facility will also house Machabee Business Equipment, the company’s documents solutions division.
Formerly Morrill & Machabee, the firm was founded in 1940 by Gary’s father Delbert Machabee and Frank Morrill in a small storefront at 15 N. Virginia Street, near the Truckee River. In 1971, the Morrill family sold its interest to Gary Machabee, who, at the time, had been working in the business for nearly 20 years.
The name was changed to Machabee Office Environments in 1989 when a second location opened in Las Vegas.
Gary’s oldest son Scott Machabee, who, at age 40, has worked in the family business for more than 25 years, became president of the statewide operation in early 2006.
After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, he moved south to work as a salesman in the newly opened Las Vegas location.
He assumed management of that branch about five years later, a post he held for 10 years.
Scott works from Las Vegas, but as president, he spends more and more time in his hometown of Reno where his father and most of the business offices are based. According to the Family Business Institute, only 12 percent of family-owned businesses survive to the third generation.
“A company is only as good as its people,” Scott Machabee said. “We have some really good people who have been with us for many, many years who are also responsible for our success.”