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Ergonomics company acquires competitor

April 20, 2016
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A maker of ergonomic products for the workplace has acquired an industry competitor.

Petaluma, California-based Workrite Ergonomics, a division of Knape & Vogt of Grand Rapids, said yesterday that it has acquired International Source for Ergonomics, or ISE, of Toronto, a maker of ergonomic office and workstation products.

Workrite said the acquisition allows it to offer customers a “full array” of ergonomic accessory products.

ISE provides various products to corporations and government agencies across North America: adjustable keyboard platforms, computer monitor supports, education and training stations and other accessories.

Workrite’s portfolio includes several key products: adjustable keyboard platforms, adjustable monitor arms, LED and OLED task lighting and adjustable height workstations.

Charlie Lawrence, president of Workrite, said ISE provides Workrite with an “expanded presence” in its “already well-established” office dealer distribution channel, as well as access to “new customers and markets.”

He said having distribution capabilities on both the East Coast and West Coast will “significantly enhance” Workrite’s ability to reduce lead times for its products and “better serve our customers.”

The acquisition also presents Workrite with growth opportunities through the addition of ISE’s Line of Sight training and education products for corporate and government users.

The company will begin integration activities immediately, but it anticipates both Workrite and ISE will continue with “business as usual” for the foreseeable future. 

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