Viewrail to acquire Simmons Stairways

Open rise staircase by Simmons Stairways.

GOSHEN, Ind. - Viewrail, makers of stairs and railings, has agreed to acquire Simmons Stairways Inc. in California. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Simmons Stairways, which has been in business for more than 30 years, specializes in custom curved hardwood stairs and handrails.

“We are thrilled to have a physical presence in one of our largest markets with other well-trained and well-known experts working alongside us,” Viewrail Chief Executive Officer Len Morris said in written remarks. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring Viewrail’s design ability and manufacturing power to the California region.”

Howard Simmons, the owner of Simmons Stairways, said joining with Viewrail seemed like a good fit. “When I first met Len a few years back at the Las Vegas International Builders Show, I knew that what he was doing would revolutionize the building industry,” said Simmons. “I am glad to be a part of that change before my working years come to an end.”

Viewrail says its director of California business development, Trent Jacobs, will run Simmons Stairways until the end of the year, at which point all new business will transfer to Viewrail.


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