Two office design firms are joining forces after 18 years as local competitors.
Ball Office Products has acquired Smarter Interiors for an undisclosed amount in a deal that takes effect today, Dec. 3.
Smarter Interiors’ staff of about 10 has moved into Ball’s headquarters at 2100 Westmoreland St. and will continue operating as its own division, company owner Melissa Ball said.
“It’s an acquisition, but we are merging them into our company,” Ball said. “We will be retaining the Smarter name. Smarter will, in a sense, operate as a division of Ball.”
Both companies focus on interior office design and installation. Ball said the firms, both founded in 2000, had talked in the past year about areas where they were similar and could complement each other.
“There are a lot of simple fits between us, and after exploring those points, we made this decision together,” Ball said. “They are very project-based; we are more transactional with the business we do.”
“Ball also works in the office products, breakroom and facility category. That’s an arena they haven’t had,” Ball said.
She said she is excited about Smarter Interiors’ designers.
Founded by Randy Alderson and Greg Campbell, Smarter has developed a portfolio that includes clients in corporate, educational and government sectors. The company represents over 100 manufacturers and has worked with companies that include Dominion Power.
In combining forces with Smarter, which brings a team of interior designers, project managers and installers, Ball has grown from approximately 20 employees to about 30, and functions include sales, customer service, delivery, installation and design.
Smarter Interiors still has a lease on its 2112 Tomlynn St. location and is working with Brandywine Realty Trust to sublet the property.