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Staples Business Advantage Announces Five Finalists, Opens Voting for the “Ultimate Breakroom Makeover” Contest

$40,000 prize package will transform a company’s breakroom into a welcoming, collaborative hub for employees

Friday, July 1, 2016 10:00 am EDT

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.

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Staples Business Advantage Announces Five Finalists, Opens Voting for the “Ultimate Breakroom Makeover” Contest

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Whether you work at a concrete plant, engineering firm or healthcare provider, the U.S. workforce shares at least one commonality: the need to take a break and recharge during the workday. Recognizing the appeal of office breaks for their own workplace, almost 3,000 businesses pleaded their case to Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., as part of the company’s “Ultimate Breakroom Makeover” contest, and today five finalists were announced.

Beginning today through July 16, the public will vote to determine the grand prize winner at https://staplesadvantage.com/ultimatebreakroom, to be announced in early August. The grand prize winner will receive a $40,000 prize package which includes access to Staples Business Advantage’s assortment of breakroom solutions – encompassing coffee options, healthy snacks, office furniture, cleaning solutions, appliances and flat screen televisions, as well as services for layout design and implementation to bring the facelift vision to life.

“The breakroom should be an inviting place that encourages employees to recharge, de-stress or engage – especially considering that more than two-thirds of workers work more than 40 hours a week, according to the Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index,” said Kerry Anne Carter, vice president, Staples Business Advantage. “Employers are tempting employees to look elsewhere when they devalue their break time.”

  • The five companies hoping for a breakroom facelift include: Braun Northwest , Inc., Chehalis, WA: The employees at Braun Northwest – a manufacturer of emergency vehicles – have an interior designer turned procurement manager with creative ideas in mind for their breakroom – which currently “could be confused with a prison facility.” The company would fulfill its vision with a new paint job, better lighting and matching seating.
  • C.H. Reed, Inc., Hanover, PA: Manufacturing company C.H. Reed, Inc. submitted a “Kitchen Fantasy” poem, whimsically describing its current breakroom, which is anything but a fantasy. Employees would like a restoration with new appliances and a warm, welcoming appearance.
  • Concrete Pipe and Precast, LLC, Jessup, MD: Employees often eat lunch in their cars because there’s no usable space to take a break. The company envisions a creatively designed breakroom where employees can escape their dust-filled work environment and watch television, play video games and refuel with a meal or snack.
  • Kemper House, Strongsville, OH: Employees at Kemper House have rewarding, yet high-stress responsibilities caring for older adults with memory impairments. They foresee a “mini spa” relaxation zone with comfortable chairs, brighter paint colors and healthy snacks.
  • Lizardos Engineering Associates, P.C., Mineola, NY: This provider of mechanical and electrical engineering services has a breakroom that discourages lingering, with no chairs and a sink that “looks like someone poured acid in it.” Staff would love new cabinetry, counters and sink, along with a beautiful tile backsplash.

Visitors to the finalists gallery can cast a vote for their favorite entry once per day and they themselves will be entered to win one of ten Voter Sweepstakes prizes. Voters must be 18 or older to vote. Voting ends July 16th at 5:00 p.m. ET. For Official Rules, visit https://www.staplesbreakroomcontest.com/rules.php.

About Staples, Inc.

Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want - in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

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The employees at Braun Northwest – a manufacturer of emergency vehicles – have an interior designer turned procurement manager with creative ideas in mind for their breakroom – which currently “could be confused with a prison facility.” The company would fulfill its vision with a new paint job, better lighting and matching seating. (Photo: Business Wire)
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Employees often eat lunch in their cars because there’s no usable space to take a break. The company envisions a creatively designed breakroom where employees can escape their dust-filled work environment and watch television, play video games and refuel with a meal or snack. (Photo: Business Wire)
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Employees at Kemper House have rewarding, yet high-stress responsibilities caring for older adults with memory impairments. They foresee a “mini spa” relaxation zone with comfortable chairs, brighter paint colors and healthy snacks. (Photo: Business Wire)
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This provider of mechanical and electrical engineering services has a breakroom that discourages lingering, with no chairs and a sink that “looks like someone poured acid in it.” Staff would love new cabinetry, counters and sink, along with a beautiful tile backsplash. (Photo: Business Wire)
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Manufacturing company C.H. Reed, Inc. submitted a “Kitchen Fantasy” poem, whimsically describing its current breakroom, which is anything but a fantasy. Employees would like a restoration with new appliances and a warm, welcoming appearance. (Photo: Business Wire)
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Contact:

Staples, Inc.
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832
mark.cautela@staples.com

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