Lorick Office Products celebrated its 85th anniversary September 14

September 28, 2022

Midlands-area office supply company founded Labor Day 1937

Lorick Office Products celebrated 85 years of serving the office-supply needs of Columbia businesses and customers nationwide, at the company’s 910 Washington Street showroom, Wednesday, September 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Those attending included S.C. Senator Thomas Alexander, president of the S.C. Senate; S.C. Senator Nikki G. Setzler; S.C. Rep. Micah Caskey; Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann; West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles; Kershaw County Councilman Jimmy Jones; West Columbia City Councilman Joseph Dickey; and Dr. Tom Mullikin, chair of the S.C. Floodwater Commission, among others.

Also in attendance were Harry G. “Jerry”  Lorick (retired owner-operator of Lorick Office Products) and wife Tizzy Lorick; the parents of current co-owner and president Jeanne Lorick Brutschy.

Lorick Office Products – a family owned company and a certified “Woman Owned  Business” (cousins Jeanne Lorick Brutschy and vice president Karen Lorick Broach) – first opened its doors on Labor Day 1937. David Clarence Lorick, Sr., the Lorick cousins’ grandfather founded the business with three employees, himself included; partner W. Leo Couch; and a bicycling delivery boy.

Clarence’s sons, Jerry (Jeanne’s father) and the late Dave Lorick (Karen’s father), were the follow-on generation of Lorick owner-operators.

Lorick Office Products, which began as Lorick-Couch Office Equipment, later Lorick Office Supply, began serving the Columbia area from its 924 Gervais Street location (today Motor Supply Company Bistro) in what would become known as the Congaree Vista district. Lorick then moved up the street to 1004 Gervais across from the old R.H. Clark Company at Park and Gervais. In 1995, Lorick Office Products purchased, remodeled, and moved into its expansive 15,000-square foot store-showroom and warehouse at 910 Washington Street still in the Vista. Lorick today serves businesses locally, regionally, and nationwide.

According to THE SOUTHERN EDGE MAGAZINE: “A wonderful piece of Columbia history and three generations – spanning nearly nine decades – of the Lorick family story: Again, congratulations Jeanne and Karen and all of the company’s 15 employees, its partners, and the loyal lifelong patrons of Lorick Office Products on 85 years in business.”

The company received legislative resolutions from both the S.C. House of Representatives and the Senate recognizing Lorick’s 85 successful years in business so far.

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