by Brianna Crandall — February 23, 2018 — For facilities managers (FMs) interested in access flooring, Global Integrated Flooring Solutions (Global IFS), a new company specializing in energy-efficient flooring solutions, announced its formation this week with its portfolio including Camino Systems, Hi-Tech Data Floors, and the Haworth access flooring division, marketed under the name of TecCrete. Global IFS was formed to be the North American leader in raised flooring systems, which include access flooring, modular power and underfloor air distribution products.
The combined business will now have state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities in both the US and Canada, along with a widespread distribution network and a comprehensive suite of services including engineering, project management and installation. Haworth will continue to have a minority ownership position in Global IFS and, through its dealers, collaborate on future projects.
Darryl Rosser, Global IFS executive chairman, remarked:
With manufacturing plants in Kentwood, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario, Global IFS unites manufacturing and distribution excellence to create the North American leader of raised flooring system solutions. The company has unparalleled knowledge and expertise in delivering solutions for high-performing, flexible and sustainable buildings that maximize return on investment.
Haworth’s TecCrete product line is a recognized industry standard in the raised access floor market for its performance and flexibility, says Haworth. Raised access floors and underfloor air provide the architectural foundation for today’s sustainable offices, higher education, data center and gaming floor spaces that are responsive, cost-efficient and design savvy.
Franco Bianchi, Haworth president and CEO, added:
Raised access flooring continues to be a significant component of Haworth’s organic workspace promise, and we are excited about ongoing applications in our portfolio. Through our dealers, we will partner with and support Global IFS in the market and continue to showcase its products in our showrooms.
Hi-Tech Data Floors has been a TecCrete dealer for the past eight years and has been a provider of access flooring and related products for many of the major metropolitan areas in the northeastern United States since 1986.
Bob McCrossan, president of Hi-Tech, commented:
Having the ability to offer end-to-end complete solutions is a game changer in the raised access market. We look forward to providing new products that meet the ever-changing needs of our dealers and customers. An innovative leader in our industry is long overdue.
Camino Systems has been a raised access flooring systems provider, including underfloor air and modular power distribution, in Canada for the past 25 years. Camino has been a TecCrete dealer for the past 13 years and operates a manufacturing facility with showroom, sales and service offices in Toronto, Ontario.
Global IFS is poised to position itself at the forefront of the sustainable building products market and will provide a comprehensive offering of integrated flooring system solutions: multiple raised access flooring lines, modular plug-and-play power solutions, and a full line of underfloor air distribution components. The company’s dedicated in-house resources will play an active role in assisting its North American distribution network to design custom solutions to meet client needs.
Global IFS and its dealer base provide complete consultation, sales support, in-house engineering, project management and installation services in nearly any commercial or residential application, offering a single point of contact and one-stop solution. Global IFS is a portfolio company of RFE Investment Partners and Cornerstone Capital Partners.