KV Acquires John Sterling Corporation

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Grand Rapids, MI - Knape & Vogt has acquired John Sterling Corporation located in Richmond, Illinois. John Sterling is a leading manufacturer and marketer of functional and decorative home storage and organization products. Key product lines include closet, shelving, and garage organization hardware systems, as well as a broad line of decorative shelving solutions John Sterling also supplies a comprehensive line of sliding door hardware for residential and commercial applications.

The acquisition of John Sterling will give KV an expanded presence in our retail and distribution channels within our core product categories. Both John Sterling and Knape & Vogt have long standing customer relationships with key retailers in the US and Canada. The combination of our complementary sales organizations and product offerings will provide a strong platform for growth in our retail storage and organization business. John Sterling’s door hardware business represents a new functional hardware category for KV and will allow access to new commercial and residential hardware distributors and end users. We look forward to partnering with the John Sterling team to build on the strengths of each business to create a more powerful customer focused company.

About Knape & Vogt

Knape & Vogt, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan brings more than a century of experience to the design, manufacturing, and distribution of functional hardware, storage-related components and ergonomic products for original equipment manufacturers, specialty distributors, office furniture dealers, hardware chains and major home centers throughout the US and Canada.  Major product categories include: KV® brand drawer slides; wall-attached shelving units and specialty hardware products; kitchen, closet and bath storage products; and Workrite® and Idea at Work® brand ergonomic office products. Additional information about KV is available at www.knapeandvogt.com and www.workriteergo.com