A Brief History of A1 Office Concepts


               North West Office Equipment                 The Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Torch

               Chicago 1952                                          Goes by our Store in Hawthorne California


1952 - Joseph Gillies, owner of North West Office Equipment in Chicago purchased Hawthorne Typewriter

in Hawthorne California and changed the name to A-1 Office Equipment.

1965 - Joseph sold A-1 to his sons Vern and Wally.

1966 - Wally was killed in a tragic automobile accident. Wally was instrumental in bringing office furniture into A-1's product mix.

1966 to 1991 - A-1 was owned and operated by Vern Gillies. During that time Vern grew the company from a typewriter sales and repair shop to a full line commercial and retail office supply/furniture dealer.

1991 - Vern sold his interest in A-1 to his sons Scott, John and Doug.

1993 - Scott moved his family to Arizona.

1999 - John moved his family to Arizona. A-1 moved to Torrance California and shifted it's focus away from retail store sales to commercial office supply/furniture sales.

2005 - A-1 Office Equipment started Doing Business As A1 Office Concepts in Torrance California.

2007 - A1 Office Concepts joined TriMega Purchasing Association.

2010 - A1 Office Concepts moved to San Pedro

Today - A1 Office Concepts is currently owned and operated by Doug Gillies (3rd generation).


A-1 Office Equipment DBA A1 Office Concepts has been serving Southern California with quality products at competitive prices since 1953.


Sales Office   Serving The South Bay
For Over 50 Years
793 W Channel Street  
San Pedro, CA 90731  
Phone: (310) 514-3900  
Fax: (310) 514-3901  
Email: support@a1oc.com Email: support@a1oc.com