In 1937, Nathan Kristt established Kristt Kelly Office Systems Corp. as a single proprietorship with the help of his father Harry. Together, they started the company by selling and repairing heavy L.C. Smith manual typewriters in their house. In 1969, Les Kristt graduated from Cornell University and joined the firm.
During the winter of 1969, there were four people working at the company, and then in 1975, after incorporating, the first part of the building was built at 369 Broadway in Monticello. At that time, we had seven employees and 7,500 square feet of space. In 1977, Nathan passed away and Les Kristt became president of the corporation.
In 1981, our company became an authorized Mita (now Kyocera) copier dealer, which marked the beginning of an intensive push to become a first-class, well-trained office equipment and supply center. In 1984, the place next door was purchased and transformed into the Art Shoppe and the Frame Game. In 1984, Mr. Gene Kelly joined the company as a driver, and we added a 3,000-square-foot warehouse. In 1985, we connected the main building to the Art Shoppe with an interesting 4,500-square-foot showroom. In 1987, we added on another 3,000-square-foot warehouse.
In 1990, we opened a satellite store in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. As we have expanded our physical plant, we have tried to concurrently keep pace inside with a modern look and products that are at the tip of technology. We have departmentalized into office and computer supplies, small business machines, mailing equipment, heavy-duty multifunction equipment, computers and networking, office and computer furniture, a complete copy center, art supplies, and a first-class frame shop.
We service every item that we sell and take pride in our service department with eight full-time technicians supplemented with two full-time dispatchers. We feel that we are the leader in our region in complete office solutions.
We have migrated toward upper-end technology by taking on the design of Microsoft® network computer systems and the allied Kyocera multifunction products. We sell all kinds of wood office furniture and sleek laminates with ultra-modern designs. Even in keeping up with the times in technology and furniture selection, we still offer everything for the office, including pencils, Post-it® notes, integrated computer systems, postage meters, and wall art.
In 2002, we are reorganized as Kristt Kelly Office Systems Corp., and Gene Kelly has become a full partner in the business with Les Kristt remaining corporate president and Gene, who has been with the company for more than 30 years, being corporate secretary. With more than 40 years' experience in the business, Les was proudly named Business Person of the Year for Sullivan County in 2002.
We have enlarged and improved our parking, installed a beautiful, bright red metal roof and have remodeled the inside of the retail part of our building. Additionally, Les and Gene are members of the Monticello Rotary and Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, where Les is a former vice president.