CertainTeed Corp. announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Hunter Douglas’ North American ceilings business. Hunter Douglas leads in window coverings, and is also a manufacturer of architectural products. Its North American ceilings business manufactures architectural ceilings and soffit systems with operations in Norcross, Ga., and Denver, and has 100 employees.
Hunter Douglas introduced linear metal ceilings in 1962 and has since evolved into an innovator in the ceilings industry. It offers a range of aluminum, steel, felt and fiberglass ceiling systems for the full spectrum of commercial projects.
“The acquisition of Hunter Douglas’ North American ceilings business demonstrates our continued commitment to invest in the growth of our ceilings business,” says Mark Rayfield, president and CEO of CertainTeed Corp. “Over the past 60 years, Hunter Douglas has earned the trust of its customers and is respected in the ceiling industry. We have a high level of confidence in the Hunter Douglas team and want to preserve its culture and close customer relationships.”
“The combined companies will lead in specialty ceilings benefiting our employees and customers alike,” says Ron Kass, president & CEO of Hunter Douglas Inc., the North American operations of Hunter Douglas NV. “As part of the divestment, Hunter Douglas will develop programs with CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain to market commercial window-covering products.”
The acquisition will expand the CertainTeed product portfolio, which includes acoustic ceiling panels, clouds and baffles, specialty gypsum ceilings, suspension systems and custom-engineered acoustic solutions. The pending transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in July 2018.
“This acquisition will increase the presence of CertainTeed in the architectural specialties ceilings market,” says Carmen Bodden, vice president and general manager of CertainTeed Ceilings. “This move will ease the jobs of our customers by increasing the range of solutions they can purchase from a single source, while also strengthening our innovation capabilities and enabling cross-selling opportunities for the entire portfolio.”