Somerville interior solutions firm dancker acquired the assets of Arbee, a Steelcase furniture dealer with offices in Piscataway and Gaithersberg, Md., and a logistical facility in Beltsville, Md.
By way of this acquisition, dancker is now the largest Steelcase dealer in New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic region.
Michigan-based Steelcase manufactures furniture for offices, hospitals and classrooms.
“The acquisition of the talented team at Arbee will enable dancker to more fully support our clients and partners in solving their most challenging problems as they navigate the shift to hybrid work,” says Steven Lang, dancker president and chief executive officer. “Both organizations strongly believe that our people are our greatest assets. As a result, we are aligned in a holistic approach to deliver innovative solutions and remarkable customer experiences. We look forward to continuing to work with our clients, expanding our existing relationships in the commercial real estate and design community to co-create destinations where people can do their best work.”
Both businesses have been around for generations. Arbee was founded in 1938, and dancker was founded in 1829. Arbee has optimized interior spaces through the thoughtful integration of furniture, technology, and architectural products and services, and up until the acquisition has remained family owned.
Arbee will begin doing business as dancker immediately, and its employees will join dancker’s team.
“On behalf of myself and Arbee’s leadership team, we are excited to join an organization that also has a long, proud history and outstanding reputation. We are grateful for the customers who’ve entrusted us with their business and believe that together we are even better positioned to serve you as we navigate the challenges of this post-COVID era,” says Arbee CEO Nancy Berkowitz.
According to Steelcase Senior Vice President of Americas Eddy Schmitt, the acquisition will allow dancker to “become even stronger for the benefit of their clients in New Jersey and the Delaware-Maryland-Virginia market.”
The deal follows dancker’s acquisitions of U.S. Business Interiors, formerly based in Capitol Heights, Md., and Baltimore-based Hyperspace, which expanded the company’s presence in the Washington-Baltimore market.