Steelcase Inc. Acquires Smith System Manufacturing Company

By Aziza Jackson

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Steelcase Inc. recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Smith System Manufacturing Company, a Texas-based manufacturer of high-quality furniture for the pre-K-12 education market designed to inspire better learning and improve outcomes for students.

The acquisition is expected to advance Steelcase’s growth strategy to offer a broad range of innovative solutions to customers in the education, healthcare, and office markets.

“As education markets continue to grow, the combination of Steelcase and Smith System will create incredible value for our customers,” said Allan Smith, vice president of Global Marketing at Steelcase. “Together, we can help schools create outstanding learning environments where students thrive, such as collaboration spaces, makerspaces and tech labs.”

For over 105 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create experiences for the world’s leading organizations, across industries through their family of brands that include Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, PolyVision®, Turnstone® and AMQ™. Together, their brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2018 revenue of $3.1 billion.

Smith noted that Steelcase sees the opportunity to double Smith System’s business within five years by expanding sales in North America through the Steelcase dealer network, as well as bringing Smith System’s products to corporate customers and global markets.

Founded in 1905, Smith System makes educational environments more healthy, comfortable and inspiring for students and educators. Smith System will operate as an independent subsidiary under its own brand, and will continue to support its strong network of existing dealers as well as extending its reach through authorized Steelcase dealers.

“We believe that joining forces with Steelcase offers us a path to accelerate long-term growth, while maintaining the agility that has made us successful,” said Molly Parnell, vice president of Sales at Smith System. “Steelcase and Smith System have complementary offerings and we look forward to growing our business together in pre-K-12, higher education, and corporate learning environments around the globe.”