At Continental Office, we know that even the most inspiring spaces are only as great as the ideas that are created inside them and the purposes they serve. Because great spaces only matter if they work.
That’s why we’re experts in creating environments that inspire the passionate leaders, analytical problem-solvers, and creative go-getters who inhabit them. Because to us, it’s so much more than just a space. It’s life. A way of understanding the world around us and, more importantly, the world we want to create. Because when the light bulbs go on and the grand ideas begin to take shape, incredible things can be accomplished, together.
We believe that when collaboration thrives and functionality flourishes, by design, businesses grow, healthcare and education progress, communities prosper, and anything is possible.
We know that beauty doesn’t have to be impractical. That practical can be truly awe-inspiring. And that form should always follow function. And at Continental Office, all it takes to make something incredible is vision, purpose, and the space to bring it to life.
From the Beginning
We got our start way back in 1939 when Leo Eiferman founded Continental Office, which was then known as Continental Office Supply, in downtown Columbus. The world was going through great change during this era, and Leo saw his opportunity for the American dream – and we are so glad he took it.
Over the years, other partners came along, each with their own vision for the growing business. Ernie Stern joined in 1947, John Lucks in 1956, Jack Lucks in 1961, and finally Leo’s own son, Frank Kass, joined in 1965. Each partner played a critical role in growing Continental Office into the forward-thinking organization we are today. In 2005, Ira Sharfin joined as CEO and recruited President and COO Kyle Johnson.
Today, we’ve evolved to offer furniture, floors, interior construction, and branding. The creativity that was born in 1939 and instilled in us over the past 80 years allows us to see things a bit differently. We believe that when collaboration thrives and functionality flourishes, by design, businesses grow, communities prosper, and anything is possible. We may have started out in the office supply industry, but we’re fortunate and humbled to be recognized as a trusted, industry-leading expert in the workspace category.
Because Giving Back Truly Matters
We Not Only Talk It—We Walk It
It’s not only about work and space—it’s about community too. We’re committed to helping our communities prosper with our Continental Cares initiative. That’s why you’ll find us giving back in many forms: health and wellness, art education and creativity, youth and family needs, and contributions towards environmental sustainability.
A Little About Our Dream Team
We’re the functional space experts. With offices in Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Toledo, we employ a dedicated team of more than 250 creative problem solvers that are expertly trained to create spaces that inspire creativity and enhance productivity.
We’re a Little Different and We Like It That Way
Our approach to the lifecycle of your space is what sets us apart from competitors and our reputation keeps our clients coming back. We create. We build. We maintain. That’s what differentiates us from other companies. By challenging ourselves to encourage meaningful change each and every day, we’re able to explore new possibilities for meeting the evolving needs of today. It’s important to push limits and find new ways of working.
You’re in Good Company with Our Company
Do you aspire to create greatness? Want to be part of something special? Then you’re in the right place. The opportunities to influence the future of the workspace are endless, and at Continental Office, we get to put our creative skills to good use. But what’s important for you is our associate experience!
We believe that our success stems from our associates. They are engaged, passionate, and love what they do. Giving back is also paramount to us so we’re always looking for dynamic candidates who love to collaborate and support our local communities. Think you’d be a great fit? Come foster your creativity at Continental Office.