Started in 1995, OFM is a family-owned furniture distributor and wholesaler with an eye on consumer satisfaction.
After working for years as a furniture manufacturing sales representative, Abel Zalcberg saw a
market opportunity for a furniture company that could have faster delivery times by keeping
inventory in stock. Using personal savings, he and his wife Barbara set up an office in their
home, printed up a catalog and sold chairs from vendors Abel had worked with in the past. They
believed that quick delivery—take an order in the morning, ship it the same afternoon—would
set their young company apart. The plan worked and the company is still known for its fast
Today, OFM is a thriving wholesale operation that specializes in providing affordable furniture
to general businesses and government offices, as well as schools and hospitals. The company’s
products are also sold through a variety of catalogs and online dealers, including
Officefurniture.com, Furnitureonline.com and Officedepot.com.
The company sells just about everything needed to furnish an office out of its 124,000-square-
foot office and warehouse in Holly Springs. It is currently planning a 15,000- to 16,000-square-
foot expansion to allow faster shipping of low-volume products, such as chairs in non-standard
colors. OFM also contracts with manufacturers in Mexico, Taiwan and China to design furniture
and products that meet its exacting standards. Abel, who has been in the office furniture business
for more than 30 years, often personally tests products and sends them back to the factories with
suggestions for improvement.
Despite its growth, OFM remains a family affair. Barbara and Abel’s son, Blake, started as a 12-
year-old filing papers when the business was still based at home and later spent summers and
afternoons after school working in the warehouse. He joined OFM full-time four years ago and
now serves as the company’s chief operating officer.