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North Las Vegas company bringing back workplace privacy one phone booth at a time

Wade Vandervort

From left, founders Anthony Pucci and Nick Pucci of Cubicall Phone Booths, pose for a photograph at their company warehouse, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.

Workplace privacy is back in fashion, and one small Southern Nevada company is taking benefit.

Cubicall, which designs and builds non-public workspaces that resemble phone cubicles, was included in Southern California in 2017 by brothers Anthony and Nick Pucci. They moved the company to North Las Vegas final year.

Cubicall acquired its begin after the brothers, with backgrounds in gross sales and advertising, determined to make use of an outdated phone booth as a non-public workspace at their former advertising agency.

“We thought there must be some just sitting in a field someplace,” Anthony Pucci stated.

They really discovered somebody promoting outdated phone cubicles that had been sitting in an empty subject in Texas, however they had been too costly and weren’t going to be simple to maneuver.

The Puccis solved their drawback by constructing their very own booth.

“Once we built that first booth, we had clients at our marketing firm comment about it, asking where they could get one,” Anthony Pucci stated. “We put a website up to see what would happen, and we sold five in about two weeks.”

Cubicall makes modular privacy cubicles, two-person meeting rooms and research cubicles that vary in worth from about $7,000 to $12,000.

The privacy cubicles could be for business or dwelling use and are simply custom-made. A Superman-themed booth is on show at Cubicall’s headquarters.

So far, a lot of the business carried out by Cubicall has been with corporations with open workspaces and little alternative for privacy.

The company has stuffed orders for some recognizable outfits, together with Bloomberg and BlackRock, a giant funding agency primarily based in New York City.

As companies address the coronavirus pandemic and even after it passes, “I don’t think we’ll see as many of the densely populated office spaces,” Anthony Pucci stated. “There will be more space and division. People are going to want solutions like ours.”

The company has additionally began making examination cubicles for well being care prospects, which they see as a huge progress space following the emergence of the coronavirus.

Earlier this month, they introduced a partnership with a company that makes a speciality of ultraviolet lighting to equip cubicles with UV lamps that disinfect the pods after every use.

“The health care angle is a huge opportunity for us,” Nick Pucci stated. “Hospitals, private practices, medical research — those are all opportunities for us.”

Cubicall’s transfer to North Las Vegas — the company has three full-time staff along with its house owners — was carried out largely due to Nevada’s extra business-friendly setting and tax code, the Puccis stated.

“California can be a difficult place to do business, especially manufacturing,” Nick Pucci stated. “There’s the cost of doing business and also a higher cost of living.”

The brothers additionally thought-about transferring to Texas, Tennessee and Florida, however Southern Nevada appeared to take advantage of sense.

They are near Los Angeles, the company’s largest market, and examine the commerce present business as one other progress market, although conventions have been nearly nonexistent in Las Vegas for the reason that onset of the pandemic.

“When trade shows come back, that should be a big shot in the arm for us,” Anthony Pucci stated. “We did business with one company that wanted to do a podcast from a trade show and wanted the space to be able to do that in a quiet area.”

Cubicall is “a great example of the kinds of innovative businesses that are now calling greater Las Vegas home due to quality of life, cost and opportunity,” stated Jonas Peterson, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, which works to develop the area’s financial system.

The Pucci brothers stated that the response folks need to their phone-booth fashion workspaces tends to depend upon how outdated they’re.

“When you bring one of these into an office, it’s funny because all the older people will say, ‘Oh, the phone booth is back,’” Nick Pucci stated. “But the millennials and the younger people will say, ‘Wow, this is a genius idea. I can’t believe nobody’s ever thought of this before.’”

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