Knoll (KNL) Acquires DatesWeiser Furniture Corporation

December 1, 2016 10:36 AM EST

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Knoll (NYSE: KNL) and DatesWeiser Furniture Corporation announced that Knoll, Inc. has acquired the Buffalo-based designer and manufacturer of contemporary wood conference and meeting room furniture through an acquisition of the DatesWeiser business.

The acquisition further advances the Knoll strategy of building its global capability as a constellation of go-to resources for high-design workplaces and homes, including the commercial contract, decorator to-the-trade and consumer markets.

Andrew Cogan, Knoll President and CEO, stated, "DatesWeiser plays an integral role in the design of inspiring high performance workplaces. Its sophisticated meeting and conference tables and credenzas set a standard for design, quality and technology integration. We look forward to adding the DatesWeiser products to the Knoll arsenal of 'ancillary' offerings."

Commenting on the transaction, Allan Weiser, DatesWeiser, co-founder said, "The team at Knoll has a very astute understanding of our brand and a commitment to our level of product and client engagement. Knoll is the ideal partner to accelerate our growth and build on our reputation for leading edge timeless design, craftsmanship, and exceptional service. Knoll's legendary heritage in workplace design, and the relationships that I have enjoyed with their management team over the years, make this a seamless cultural fit. I very much look forward to the years ahead."

Founded in 1982, DatesWeiser, among the most respected contract furniture industry brands, has a flagship New York City showroom. Allan Weiser will serve as president of DatesWeiser; he will continue to lead his experienced sales and operations teams.

Mr. Cogan added, "As with our other Specialty businesses, we are committed to the operational independence of DatesWeiser and its unique brand and cultural identity. All of us at Knoll look forward to working with Allan and his team in the years ahead."

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