Nearly 50 years ago Office Planning Group was incorporated as an office furniture dealer in New Orleans.
Life was very different when we started our business back in 1969, but we’ve noticed that business needs tend to stay the same – nearly every office requires tables, chairs, desks and cubicles. There are certain niches in the current business world where the traditional office setup isn’t needed; open concepts do away with cubicles. Those corners of the industry though, are usually limited to startups.
We’ve learned a lot and seen a lot in the past 47 years. And our state has been through a lot during the time frame as well. Growth, stagnation, disaster, victory and change has worked its way into nearly every corner of Louisiana.
We adapted to all of these seasons while maintaining our dedication to offering excellent service as we provide highly functional products that benefit the well-being of our clients.
Marketing ploy this is not. Did you know that the average employee at OPG has been with us for 20 years? So, when we say we can answer just about any question and offer you a tailored solution, we actually mean it.
A lot of our clients know who we are and what we do, but if you’re new to OPG you probably haven’t stopped by our About Us page. We use this section of our site to tell you a little bit about our history and who we are.
Our U.S. Small Business Administration Award
One of the things we are proudest of in our 47-year history is our distinction as one of the few companies in Louisiana to win the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Award for Excellence.
This award is given out yearly to businesses in a variety of categories who excel in contributing to the American economy and society.
We know that “contributing to the American economy and society” sounds pretty lofty, but it’s true. Small businesses across America – not just Office Planning Group – play an important role in our economy.
The other side of this are the contributions we make to society; the average procurement specialist or business owner who wants to do business with someone trustworthy and reliable. We think those contributions our made possible by the continuity we have on our team.
Like we mentioned before, our current team has an average of 20 years of experience at OPG. Take our president Jerry Maxwell, for example. Jerry’s been with us since 1982 and has been the president since 1995.
Our Method: Three Steps
Another part of our success is the three-step process we apply to every client, whether we’ve known them for years or are working with them for the first time. Those three steps are:
- Consultation and free space planning
- Office planning and design
- Project management purchasing and delivery
Each one of these steps has its own set of details and nuances, but our method never changes. We’ve found it to be the best way to connect with and provide our clients with effective solutions.
Our State: Growing, Slowly but Surely
We’ve won awards and have found a lot of success with our three-step system, but we’ve learned it’s never a good idea to rest on your laurels.
Louisiana’s economy is a great example of that. Over the past 10 years, we’ve had big spikes in job creation and steady growth in our labor force from about 2 million in 2006 to 2.2 million in 2016.
Yet during that growth there were peaks and valleys. Unemployment jumped to more than 8% in 2011. Our workforce saw growth by the end of the year, but another unemployment spurt hit in 2013 as well as in 2014.
However, we’re proud to say that the Louisiana business community has stayed committed to playing our part in the American economy. As businesses in our state have grown or started from scratch, we’ve been there to help design and furnish offices in a way that encourages productivity and communicates the image and brand of the business itself.
As offices across Louisiana fill up with OPG’s top-quality products, it’s a sign to us that growth is here and there’s a bright future ahead.
We’re looking forward to the next 50 years, and we hope you are too.