Local business saves county $253,000

The Mesa County Workforce Center was in the process of relocating and needed office furniture.

Office Outfitters & Planners, 749 Main St., bid on a contract to do the work and won one of the largest furniture installation contracts in Colorado for 535 workstations, said Duncan Rowland, Office Outfitters president.

Because of a consolidation by the Department of Energy, office furniture was left behind in one of its Golden offices.

Rowland’s firm worked with staff from Mesa County and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden to furnish the new Workforce Center with used furniture.

Office Outfitters took county administrators Scott Layton, Sue Tuffin and Jessica Marler to see if the two floors of furniture at the Department of Energy could meet their needs.

It did.

Privacy panels and overhead storage bin doors were reupholstered with new fabric purchased directly from the manufacturer. The decision saved even more money by eliminating any markup on the fabric, Rowland said.

With eight truckloads of used furniture, 1,260 yards of new fabric, and 310 new panels for the workstations, Office Outfitters effectively saved Mesa County and its taxpayers $253,800, he said.

The effort also kept a large amount of furniture that would have otherwise been thrown away out of a landfill, Rowland said.


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