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DALLAS – Woodmont Cabinetry has purchased Grandview Products, a large producer of made-to-order cabinetry sold nationwide. Terms of the  acquisition, announced Nov. 17, were not disclosed.

Founded in 1946 and based in Parsons, Kansas, Grandview Products has three plants, two in Parsons and one in Cherryvale, Kansas. The company is listed in the FDMC 300 with 2016 sales of approximately $34 million.

In a statement announcing the purchase, Stan Tidwell, owner and president of Woodmont Cabinetry, said, “With over 250 employees and 220,000 square feet of manufacturing space, [Grandview Products] has many strengths including its location. It’s geographically positioned to reach most areas of the U.S. within one to two days. With its well-established client relationships and knowledgeable employees, Grandview has great potential for further growth and development.”

The statement, posted on ParsonsSun.com, said the two cabinet companies will operate as separate divisions under one umbrella, with both retaining their respective names and locations. In addition to Grandview’s three plants in Kansas, the Dallas, Texas-based Woodmont Cabinetry operates two plants, in Dallas and Cedar Hill, with a combined manufacturing space of 250,000 square feet. Founded in 1953, Woodmont also markets its kitchen and bath cabinetry nationwide.

The press statement said the family-owned companies share similar values, including an emphasis on sustainability and manufacturing in America. In addition, both Grandview Products and Woodmont Cabinetry have product lines certified under the KCMA Environmental Stewardship Program.

According to the Parsons Sun, Tidwell has already assumed the role of Grandview Products president, although his company won’t take possession of Grandview until the end of the year. Sophia Zetmeir, who took over Grandview following the death of her husband Sonny in 2013, has retired effective immediately.

“Any company we would consider acquiring must meet our high service standards and share core values that are consistent with our own. I’ve known the Zetmeir family for years and I knew this to be the case,” Tidwell said in the statement. “After months of discussion and due diligence, I’m confident that Grandview is an ideal fit for our organization.”

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MUNICH, Germany — Steelcase announced the opening of its newest Learning + Innovation Center, part of a multi-year effort to bring together employees and propel global growth. The new learning center is the latest extension of the company’s global network, part of a geographically distributed approach to innovation.

As organizations recognize the importance of face-to-face interactions and move their operations back to centrally located business hubs, Steelcase designed this 45,000 square foot space to promote learning and spark innovation within its own organization, and to give customers a first-hand look at how space can impact work.

To remain competitive and effectively innovate, organizations must become more agile and accelerate the flow of information and cycles of learning to take risks and make better, faster decisions, Steelcase reported. The new design center is based on this principle, that rapid learning, creative work and agile teams are the building blocks of innovation, and the physical workplace can promote and nurture these kinds of activities.  

The center brings together over 230 employees representing 25 different nationalities from groups previously dispersed throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). This European opening follows the successful Learning + Innovation Center in Grand Rapids, which serves as a hub for North American employees, customers and guests to explore how creative and innovative thinking can be nurtured and supported by physical space and technologies.  

The three-building campus was designed by a diverse, international team of experts including Henn Architects, Munich; Patrick Jouin and Manku Design, Paris; and the Steelcase Design Team.

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