From left to right: Angela Dowd-Burton, executive director, Office of Economic Opportunity; Chet Riddick, president and CEO of Alpha; Cynthia Eaddy, vice president of customer service, Alpha Enterprise Group; Mayor Michael Nutter and Terrill L. Brown, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Alpha; cut the ribbon on its new office located at 4950 Parkside Ave. — ABDUL SULAYMAN/TRIBUNE CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER

Ayana Jones Tribune Staff Writer

West Philadelphia is now home to a new office of the future.

The Alpha Enterprise Group has opened a working showroom and office space at the Parkside Lofts, 4950 Parkside Ave. At almost 8,000 square feet, the new space features an energy efficient and smart technology office environment.

Alpha is a Philadelphia-based enterprise operating in the office supplies, document management, light management solutions, commercial furniture and flooring products industries.

Elected officials and business leaders recently turned out for the grand opening of Alpha’s new showroom.

Alpha officials said the new showroom is the first on the eastern seaboard to house multiple manufacturers of state- of-the-art smart technology, sit-to-stand furniture, commercial flooring, LED lighting and video monitoring security protection devices.

“The office of the future is about putting the most technology possible into one place and then being able to offer that sustainability to companies throughout the Philadelphia region,” said Alpha President and CEO Chet Riddick.

Riddick said the new showroom is part of the company’s ability to be more competitive and grow within the Philadelphia marketplace.

“Even though we do business around the county, if we want to grow as a business we have to grow right here,” he said.

Riddick said Alpha has teamed with several minority-owned businesses to offer smart technology solutions to their clients.

Through the alliances, Alpha is able to create customized work environments for greater productivity and significant reductions in energy consumption for its clientele.

Mayor Michael Nutter highlighted Alpha’s success during the grand opening celebration.

“Alpha is an incredible Philadelphia success story. A minority-owned, multimillion dollar firm employing primarily local people at any of its locations with good family wage sustaining jobs right here in Philadelphia,” Nutter said, noting that the company is a valued member of the city’s business community.

The company was founded in 1985 by the late James L. Brown.

Alpha has been recognized as by the Black Enterprise magazine on its BE 100 top minority owned and operated companies list. It has been certified as a minority business enterprise by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council.

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Rob Wonderling was also on hand for the celebration. Riddick was a member of the chamber’s CEO Access network, an initiative designed to encourage collaboration among leaders of major firms in Philadelphia and local entrepreneurs.

Wonderling said the opening of Alpha’s showroom is part of the economic vitality currently underway throughout Philadelphia.

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