JASPER, Ind. – Furniture company Kimball International has acquired Poppin Inc., a tech-enabled business-to-business furniture design company.

Headquartered in New York City, Poppin designs furniture that is made to mix, match and scale in modern office and work-from-home environments. Poppin has combined its digitally native platform, with a 17-person sales force and network of five showrooms to become a company that primarily serves small-to-medium corporations and the direct-to-consumer market.

“The addition of Poppin to the Kimball International family provides us with a meaningful growth engine that aligns with our recently-launched 2.0 connect strategy and with our long term vision to create a leading omnichannel furnishings design powerhouse supported by a robust manufacturing and sourcing infrastructure,” said Kristie Juster, CEO of Kimball International.

The initial plan includes scaling Poppin’s playbook into secondary markets, where Kimball International has long-standing relationships; accelerating work-from-home and corporate partnerships for Poppin and from Kimball’s Etc. brand; launching Poppin privacy pods into Kimball International’s dealer network; and developing a complementary Poppin pro dealer program.

“Additional growth opportunities that we will pursue include launching new, innovative products together that address the needs of the re-imagined workplace in both office and work from home,” Juster added.

Poppin will operate as a separate business unit within Kimball International and will continue to be led by Randy Nicolau, current CEO and co-founder of Poppin.

The acquisition is scheduled to close during the quarter ending Dec. 31, subject to customary closing conditions.

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