Innovative, Flexible Workspaces Are Specialty of Third Generation of Waldner Family
When Meredith Waldner Stern took the reins of Waldner’s Business Environments in 2009, the comic strip Dilbert graphically depicted the bleak, cubicle-defined work spaces of modern offices typical of the time. “We’ve redefined the industry since then,” explains Stern, the third-generation owner and president of the full-service, certified woman-owned office environment company. “Today’s savvy employers understand the need for spaces that support people in the workplace. Well-thought-out designs encourage movement throughout the day, stimulate the senses, accommodate fluctuations in staff size, facilitate collaborative efforts and create environments for individual work efforts. The result is increased productivity, higher retention rates, and a mentally and physically healthier workforce.”
Stern’s grandfather, Daniel Waldner, could never have envisioned what his small, local stationery store would become when he founded it in 1939. More than 70 years later, Waldner’s is a major player in a fiercely competitive marketplace. A premier provider of top-quality products from manufacturers like Steelcase, Waldner’s has a growing list of customers including many of the highest-profile offices in the New York Metropolitan region and businesses throughout the United States. The company employs approximately 100 professionals and has three locations in the New York metropolitan area – New York City, Farmingdale, Long Island, and Rye in Westchester County.
“We’ve grown by adding the products and services our clients tell us they need,” says Stern, one of Long Island Business News’ “40 under 40” Business Leaders in 2009. “Much more than desks and chairs, our expertise extends to anything related to workspaces, such as the use of integrated technologies – collaborative solutions that merge furniture and the latest technology products, project management, maintenance and moving services. In response to an increasing demand for support of environmentally sensitive efforts like recycling and LEED initiatives, we’ve added services and in-house LEED-accredited professionals.”
As a single resource for a wide range of related services, Waldner’s streamlines the process for facilities managers tackling particularly large or complex jobs. For instance, Waldner’s orchestrated a 13-week project in which 400 workstations on five floors were replaced with new, sustainable products without any disruption to the employees. Waldner’s also coordinated the removal and recycling of the old product, saving the planet the equivalent of over 150 tons of garbage and saving the client the cost of disposal.
“We are strongly committed to our long tradition of outstanding service and enhancing workplace effectiveness for our clients,” says Stern.
Certified by WBENC, Waldner’s is recognized as a woman-owned business by New York State, New York City, DASNY, Port Authority, Nassau County, and Suffolk County.
215 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
125 Route 110, Farmingdale, NY 11735
411 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye, NY 10580