Location: Port Chester, NY
Industry: Wholesale distributor
President and CEO
DONE DEAL: Strauss Paper Company Inc. is a distributor of janitorial and cleaning supplies. “We wanted to partner with the World Trade Center, which is owned and managed by The Durst Organization,” says Stewart Strauss, president and CEO. “We wanted to sell them products that were very cost-effective [and] high quality.” Strauss Paper and The Durst Organization agreed on a plan that would supply the building with well-made, environmentally sound products.
Fun Fact: “When Henry Strauss came to the United States, he could not speak English. Eventually, he went into business and started Strauss Paper, which grew from the back seat of his car to an 85-person company today.”
BIG IMPACT: “Being able to say we supply somebody like The Durst Organization [and] World Trade Center gets our name out to more real estate companies,” says Strauss. “It shows the manufacturers we buy from that we can go in there and sell a quality program.” The deal also improved employee morale: “We talk about these things at our town hall meetings at Strauss Paper, where we meet with the whole company about our successes, how it’s happened, and how their contribution and their area’s contribution is what makes us successful.”