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Local Business Invests in Downtown Salem; Restores Vacant Office Space and Moves 22 Employees to New Location - 03/13/18

Pacific Office Automation utilizes City grant program, renovates downtown building; relocates staff.

Salem, Ore. -- Pacific Office Automation, an Oregon-headquartered company and the largest office equipment dealer in the U.S., invested $1.3M 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 faƧade, 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.

For specific questions regarding investment in downtown, please contact Sheri Wahrgren at or 503-540-2495. For information regarding the City's grants and loan programs, go to Si necesita ayunda para comprender esta informaciĆ³n, por favor llame 503-588-6178.

The City of Salem's Urban Development Department is committed to enhancing community prosperity through an array of programs in its four major service areas: Real Property Services, Housing and Social Services, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization. The Urban Development Department: manages City's Urban Renewal Areas (URAs) and redevelopment projects within the URAs; administers federally funded block grant and housing programs; provides loans and grants to eligible businesses, homeowners, and renters; and manages leases, acquires, and sells properties for the City.

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