Made famous by “The Office”, Penn Paper & Supply celebrates its 100th anniversary as the true Dunder Mifflin of Scranton

Rich Howells

Excerpt from a press release:

NBC’s hit sitcom “The Office” opens on the red brick tower of Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company, a Scranton institution and family business that celebrates its 100th anniversary on Friday, May 20 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to symbolize ushering in a new century of serving its customers and honoring its television heritage.

“My grandfather Jacob Fink and my father Jerry Fink would be proud to see how their business has grown over the past 100 years and surprised to learn that our building is a world-famous landmark,” said Douglas Fink, President of Pennsylvania Paper & Supply.

“John Krasinski took this photo of our tower in 2004 while doing research for ‘The Office’ and for his role as Jim Halpert in the fictional Dunder Mifflin. Almost two decades later, fans are still showing up looking for the real Dunder Mifflin, but we’re not the colorful eccentrics of “The Office” – we’re a team of 300 professionals steeped in 100 years of history.

Jacob Fink founded PP&S in 1922 on the principle of listening to customers, meeting their needs and doing it better than anyone else. Initially focused on selling paper bags to Scranton grocers, the company has continually expanded its product line beyond paper products to include janitorial and sanitation supplies, expanded its territory beyond Pennsylvania to New York and New Jersey, and now serves the entire country via e-commerce. And yes, they sell office and paper products.

As it grew, the company moved several times before opening its Scranton showroom and warehouse under the iconic tower nearly 55 years ago. In 2004, Douglas Fink received a phone call from NBC telling him that a show about a paper company was in the works.

From its debut in 2005 through its ninth and final season in 2013, “The Office”‘s opening credits began with a shot of the real building that quickly became some of television’s most recognizable stock footage. . Tourists are delighted to find that the tower now features a Dunder Mifflin logo next to the bold text “Penn Paper”.

Kicking off a year-long centennial celebration, Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti, Senator Marty Flynn, Rep. Bridget M. Kosierowski, Rep. Thomas Welby, and other elected officials and guests are set to attend the inauguration of this third generation company. which currently serves the needs of industry, healthcare, education, food processing, building management, hospitality and government, particularly in eastern and central Pennsylvania, southern New York and northwestern New Jersey.

“Since our founding, Pennsylvania Paper & Supply has strived to uphold our core values ​​established by my grandfather Jacob – to serve our community, our employees and our marketplace with excellence,” Fink said.

“We look forward to building on this legacy as the way forward for the next 100 years.”

Photo by Rich Howells/Scene NEPA

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