Fellowes Brands acquisition of ESI Ergonomic Solutions to boost selection of office organization, productivity and wellness products

by Brianna Crandall — November 22, 2017 — Fellowes Brands, a global provider of business products since 1917, announced last week its acquisition of ESI Ergonomic Solutions, of Phoenix, Arizona. ESI provides monitor arms, height-adjustable tables, sit-stand workstations, lighting, and other ergonomic solutions that promote a healthy working environment.

ESI ergonomic sit-to-stand workstation on table

ESI introduced its Lift-S2 S Weight Adjustable Sit-To-Stand Workstation at NeoCon 2017.

The combination of Fellowes Brands and ESI is said to advance Fellowes Brands’ strategic expansion toward broad business solutions that help professionals be at their best through organization, productivity and wellness.

Earlier this year, Fellowes launched the Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation, which was recognized with an Industrial Designers Society of America Award for its innovative design. In July, Fellowes took an equity position in Posturite, a UK-based ergonomic furniture company. The ESI acquisition represents Fellowes’ commitment to further strengthen its position in the growing office wellness space.

John Fellowes, CEO of Fellowes Brands, remarked:

We are excited to welcome the ESI Ergonomic Solutions team into the Fellowes Brands family. ESI is a high-growth company serving the increasingly health-conscious professional who is seeking a work environment which promotes wellness. ESI principally serves the contract furniture market, which nicely complements Fellowes’ strength in the business products channel. ESI strategically expands our portfolio and further establishes Fellowes as an emerging leader of workplace wellness solutions both in the US and internationally.

Carol and John Keogh have been owners of ESI for the past 20 years, building a culture of dynamic growth and strong partnerships. Carol Keogh commented:

We are very pleased that we have been able to find a partner like Fellowes which shares common business values and an entrepreneurial spirit to drive the business forward. As we move into the next phase of life, it gives us confidence that the business will continue to grow and prosper, and our people will have great opportunities.

ESI will continue to operate from Phoenix, Arizona, under the leadership of Mark Rhoades, who joined ESI as president two years ago. Rhoades stated:

The ESI team is proud to be a part of the Fellowes family of brands. We look forward to the continued leverage of ESI’s outstanding independent rep sales force and strong dealer relationships.

Fellowes envisions ESI continuing as a channel-specific division serving the contract office furniture segment. For more information about either company or their product offerings, visit the Fellowes Brands or ESI Ergonomic Solutions Web sites.