About Us

Tallgrass was formed from the merger of two well known, multi-generational businesses: Frohwein/Matthews Office Plus and Pioneer Workspace Solutions. In June of 2011 we joined forces, blending talents and resources in the areas of interior design, office furniture, office supplies, and office facilities. Tallgrass Business Resources serves Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, with over 45 employees in four locations.

1920

Iowa Typewriter Co. Established

James C Burns establishes Burns Typewriter Co. in a small office on Iowa Avenue in Iowa City, Iowa.

1922

George Frohwein Partners with James Burns

George Frohwein, David & Doug Parsons maternal Grandfather, goes into partnership with James Burns. Burns Typewriter Co. sold & repaired small office equipment, fountain pens, typewriters & adding machines.

1932

Move to South Clinton Street

Burns Typewriter Co. moves into a former ready-to-wear ladies shop. The purchase included all of the display equipment, counters and office equipment, setting up Burns Typewriter Co. with move-in-ready office and showroom.

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