GRAND RAPIDS – Knape & Vogt will consolidate the operations of Knape & Vogt–Waterloo into its facilities in Grand Rapids, MI. KV acquired the Waterloo Furniture Components operation from CompX International a few months ago.
The closure of the Kitchener, ON-based Waterloo manufacturing facility was announced May 1. The company said implementation will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2014, with manufacturing, distribution and some administrative functions moved to existing KV facilities. An estimated 230 people work at Waterloo's Kitchener facility.
“Our decision to consolidate follows a careful analysis of KV-Waterloo’s products, programs, and customer requirements that was centered on our objectives to serve our customers as one company and to effectively compete for the long term in a challenging global marketplace” said Peter Martin, president and CEO of Knape & Vogt. “Combining our operations strengthens our Grand Rapids manufacturing base with new capabilities and positions us to drive growth.”
The Waterloo facility manufactures ball-bearing slides for use in office furniture and other products. It also provides components for ergonomic office and healthcare workstation products, including adjustable keyboard platforms, computer monitor supports, wall mounted workstations, and other accessory products.
Based in Grand Rapids, MI, Knape & Vogt manufactures and distributes functional hardware, storage-related components and ergonomic products, including drawer slides marketed under the KV, GSlide and Dynaslide brands; KV kitchen and bath storage products; KV, John Sterling and Hyloft brand wall-attached shelving units, closet hardware, garage ceiling storage and specialty hardware products; KV-Waterloo brand ergonomic office products, and KV brand Healthcare workstation products.. Its hardware and components are sold to OEMs as well as distributors, office products dealers, hardware chains and home centers throughout the United States and Canada.
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