The Frameless Hardware Company (FHC) announced that it has acquired all of Morse Architectural’s assets from M-D Building Products Inc. The transaction is expected to close on Dec. 30, 2022.
FHC says that through the sale, it acquired all inventory, product designs and three U.S. facilities, including Kent, Wash., Columbia, S.C., and Brea, Calif.
“Morse is a household name in the glass and metal world,” says Chris Hanstad, FHC president and CEO. “They have a 40-plus year pioneering track record which aligns with our business model and mission that centers on experience and innovation. Their people, knowledge, product offering, and network are exactly what FHC looks for in strategic acquisition opportunities, and we are always looking.”
The acquisition is the third for FHC in two years. According to the company, the deal opens distribution channels in the Pacific Northwest and along the East Coast. This will provide direct access to Canadian markets, says FHC.
The added locations increase FHC’s bi-coastal manufacturing and distribution footprint to 400,000 square feet. The move also bolsters FHC’s national sales team and capacity, accommodates growing demand for supply chain alternatives and shortens lead times across North America.
Morse general manager Larry Larsen will stay on board to oversee the company’s integration, ensuring a smooth transition and avoiding disruption to the customer base.
“We at Morse are incredibly excited to join the FHC family,” says Larsen. “I have known and worked with the leadership team there for decades in different capacities. Their explosive growth in such a short timeframe certainly speaks to the experience and passion of the team they have built. I know our people, legacy and customers are in good hands with FHC.”