Fellowes Brands Expands Furniture Offering

Fellowes Brands Expands Furniture Offering

Fellowes Brands has acquired Trendway Corporation, a leader in office furniture systems, movable walls and seating.

Fellowes said the addition of Trendway to its furniture portfolio creates a wider offering and will provide a 500,000 sq ft (50,000 sq m) US-based furniture manufacturing capability, which will complement its Bankers Box factory in Itasca, IL.

This is the company’s second acquisition in the contract furniture category following the purchase of ESI in 2017. The combination of Fellowes Brands, ESI and Trendway advances Fellowes’ strategic expansion towards broad business solutions.

Founded in 1968, Trendway was purchased by the Heeringa family in 1973 and has been under the leadership of Don Heeringa, who will now retire, for 46 years. “We are pleased we have found a partner like Fellowes, a four-generation family company with common values and entrepreneurial spirit,” he said.

“As I approached retirement, my desire was to find a way to ensure the future growth and success of the business. I take great comfort in knowing that Trendway, along with Fellowes ownership, will ensure the positive future of the company,” added Heeringa.

Trendway will continue to operate from Holland (MI), under the leadership of Bill Bundy, the company’s current President.

Fellowes Brands CEO John Fellowes commented: “The Heeringa family has built Trendway through a commitment to strong values, good people, responsiveness to customers and a care for those around him – which aligns with our own family’s values and approach.

“Over the past few months we have spent time with both Don Heeringa and Bill Bundy to learn the historical culture of Trendway, and we plan to lead this business into its next chapter with a similar spirit to its deep roots – while bringing greater capabilities and competitiveness to its future efforts.” - (OPI)