WB Wood and HAWORTH Partner to Prepare Companies and Landlords for a Safe Return to the Office
New York, NY and Holland, MI November 17, 2020 — WB Wood, one of the oldest and largest commercial furniture dealerships and management companies in the United States, and Haworth Inc., privately-held and one of the largest office furniture manufacturers in the world, today announced a strategic partnership. WB Wood will become a Haworth Preferred Dealer in the greater New York metropolitan region effective November 17, 2020.
With offices in New York City and Basking Ridge, New Jersey, WB Wood provides a full range of procurement, furniture and project management services to businesses and institutions in the public and private sector, including J.P. Morgan, CBRE Inc., and Nielsen, among other industry-leading clients.
Haworth, headquartered in Holland, Michigan, designs and manufactures adaptable workspaces, including systems furniture, seating, storage, movable walls, and wood casegoods. WB Wood now has access to all Haworth products, including Zody and Fern seating; Openest lounge and desking elements; Compose workspaces; and the soon-to-launch freestanding architectural workspace called Pergola. The WB Wood and Haworth partnership also includes additional design and technology brands such as Janus et Cie, BuzziSpace, Cassina, Cappellini, Poltrona Frau, Tuohy, Gan Rugs, Pablo Lighting and Bluescape.
“Our new partnership with Haworth is a perfect strategic and cultural fit for our clients and employees alike. We share a common vision for supporting return to workplace and work from anywhere strategies as companies and institutions diligently plan their next steps,” said Richard Mines, owner of WB Wood.
“In an unprecedented, challenging and rapidly evolving marketplace, WB Wood remains committed to its long-term vision of growth. This new partnership will position us as an even more significant industry player in the New York metro area, as we concurrently seek to expand our geographic footprint throughout the U.S.,” Mr. Mines added. “Haworth’s deep portfolio of products will provide WB Wood clients with a vast array of choices. Their culture, industry reputation and significant global presence has made it possible for successful adaptation in a very quickly changing market.”
Richard Mines, Principal, WB Wood – Franco Bianchi, CEO of Haworth
“This exciting new partnership is born from shared values, mutual goals and a common vision for the future of work,” said Franco Bianchi, CEO of Haworth. “We had an opportunity to get to know the team at WB Wood and believe this is a perfect fit. As a leading dealer based in the New York region with a national reach, WB Wood will continue to excel in serving their clients in the same manner that the marketplace and existing clients have come to expect throughout their long and successful history.”
Mr. Bianchi added: “More than ever before, partnerships with customers, dealers and manufacturers are critical. Haworth is deeply committed to the commercial furniture market and working with WB Wood to ensure that clients have workspaces that are successful for the long term.”
About WB Wood
WB Wood, founded in 1905, is recognized as a prominent furniture dealership and management company based in the New York metro region serving clients across the United States. The company represents more than 300 manufacturers with products spanning the design and budget spectrum. WB Wood provides a full range of procurement, furniture and project management services to organizations, working with and partnering alongside architects, design firms and consultants. Learn more at wbwood.com.
Founded in 1948, Haworth is a family-owned, privately held, $2 billion+ global leader in the contract furnishings industry. What began from humble roots – crafting wood furniture in a Midwestern town on the shores of Lake Michigan – has evolved into a global company with a focus on organic workspace that helps people perform their best. Haworth designs, sources and manufactures products in the markets where they are delivered, ensuring solutions are tailored for distinct cultures, client preferences, greater agility and more sustainable sourcing. We also scout internationally for talent and partner with today’s leading architects and designers to bring clients fresh ideas and the best possible products and solutions. Together with 7,500 members and 650 dealers worldwide, Haworth operates in over 120 countries to create spaces that result in effective people and efficient real estate. Learn more at haworth.com.
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