Wist Office Products Supports Bisbee in Time of Need

Cassie Capas, a Wist Office Products customer service executive, assisting with a donationdelivery to the City of Bisbee after the fire at their City Hall.

Cassie Capas, a Wist Office Products customer service executive, assisting with a donationdelivery to the City of Bisbee after the fire at their City Hall.

On October 11, 2017 the City of Bisbee experienced a heartbreaking fire leading to their City Hall, in the historic Warren district, in flames. First responders arrived at the scene quickly, got the fire under control, and thankfully no one was injured. Before the cause of the fire or even the extent of the damage was determined, city officials were back to work in temporary offices set up in the Cochise County government complex. Keeping municipal services running, important meetings on schedule, and public records safe. These were the officials’ top priorities.

But a busy office needs materials to keep things running smoothly. And that’s where Wist Office Products, a Tempe-based company with locations across the state, stepped in to help. Wist employees from the Sierra Vista branch donated “office survival kits” to the City of Bisbee shortly after the fire. Employees jumped to action before General Manager, Ian Wist, even knew what they were up to! “My staff understands to lend a hand when needed,” says Wist. This act of generosity reflects the company’s culture of compassion and responsibility. As Wist describes,

This is where we choose to live and part of that is being involved with the community as a company and as individuals.
— Wist Office Products

Though the City Hall in Bisbee will take 18 months to rebuild, essential city services were largely uninterrupted thanks in part to Wist’s donations.

Wist Office Products is a proud Legacy Partner of Local First Arizona. They have been serving the state since 1955 and are the largest independently owned office supply company in the Southwest. Elsa Blen, Wist’s Sierra Vista Branch Manager, feels that an essential part of the company’s mission is listening to their employees and giving back to the community as a way of showing gratitude. So when Cassie Capas came into work the day following the fire and expressed a desire to help the City of Bisbee, the two of them swung into action right away. “It is our duty to reach out and provide a major positive impact in our communities,” says Blen. Capas and Blen plan to continue their support of Bisbee city officials by scheduling a second donation delivery.

Supporting locally owned businesses means that more money circulates and is invested back into the state. We have the opportunity to vote with our dollars every day to create self-reliant local communities with members who are there to help each another in times of need!