BOSTON and EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Office Environments of New England, LLC ("OENE") and bkm Total Office ("BKM"), authorized Steelcase dealers, announced that they have combined to create a regional enterprise supporting workplace needs that will offer a broadened portfolio of products and services and expanded geographic coverage in New England. OENE has purchased substantially all of BKM's assets. Each business will continue to operate under its individual name.

By leveraging BKM's and OENE's combined resources and capabilities, the enterprise will provide customers with expanded audiovisual, architectural systems, floor covering and technology solutions, as well as the most comprehensive offering of contract furniture and services available in New England.

"This is truly meaningful for our customers, who depend on us to help them create innovative and harder working spaces that inspire, foster collaboration, and optimize their real estate footprint," said Robert Kelly, President of OENE.

Don Griesdorn, Chairman of BKM, has owned the company since 1977. He will be retiring and transitioning ownership. "I've had a long-standing vision of creating a stronger presence in the New England marketplace," he said. "I'm excited to see that vision come to life as these two great organizations come together. I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to our loyal customers and dedicated employees."

Effective immediately, Larry Levine joins the company as President of BKM, with 25+ years of contract furniture experience. Robert Kelly will continue to lead OENE as President. Orlando Corsi, CFO and COO of OENE, will expand his role across the entire enterprise. Dan Sabia, formerly BKM President, will assume a new role as Executive Business Consultant.

About Office Environments of New England

For more than 25 years Office Environments of New England, LLC has helped our corporate and institutional customers to create an exceptional work experience by integrating furniture, audiovisual technologies and interior architectural systems. Our team of professionals delivers an exceptional customer experience through our comprehensive service offerings. OENE is a wholly-owned affiliate of Steelcase Inc.

About bkm Total Office

bkm Total Office, founded in 1933, is a nationally recognized leader in providing "total office solutions" to meet evolving workplace needs in corporate, educational and healthcare environments. Our dedicated employees ensure we meet and exceed customer expectations.

About Steelcase Inc.

Steelcase Inc. helps create great experiences -- wherever work happens. Our brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services, inspired by nearly 100 years of insight gained serving the world's leading organizations. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 650 dealers. We design for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Steelcase is a global, publicly traded company leading our industry with fiscal 2011 revenue of approximately $2.4 billion.

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