Landscape Forms Announces Acquisition Of Meld USA
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Landscape Forms, the industry’s premier global brand of outdoor furniture, LED lighting and accessories is pleased to announce the acquisition of Meld USA.
Meld USA, founded in 1998, is an industry leader in materials innovation and the design, development and manufacture of products made of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC). Over the past 14 years the Raleigh, North Carolina company has earned a reputation among architects, landscape architects and interior designers for its production of high-end standard and custom UHPC architectural products.
With the new partnership, Meld USA founder, Peter Bustin, joins the Landscape Forms management team, reporting to Rick Utting, Director of Strategic Initiatives.
Meld USA brings another dimension to Landscape Forms’ rapid expansion into concrete site furniture. In 2011, Landscape Forms announced the collaboration with Phoenix-based Kornegay Design to introduce artful collections of large-scale cast concrete planters. And in 2012, the company announced an agreement with Barcelona based Escofet for exclusive North American distribution of its award-winning cast stone outdoor furniture elements. Now Landscape Forms will leverage its expanded capability in concrete to design and manufacture new collections of UHPC site furniture.
Richard Heriford, President, Landscape Forms says of the acquisition: “We are delighted to welcome Meld USA and its capability in UHPC research and manufacturing to Landscape Forms. In the coming months we will add new concrete products to the Landscape Forms portfolio and expand the capacity of our Studio 431 customs group to offer our customers a new and exciting material.”
Peter Bustin, Founder, Meld USA says: “Being part of Landscape Forms will enable Meld USA to grow our position as a leader and innovator in concrete products, expand our products for the outdoor furniture market and gain global reach. We are excited to be joining a team of likeminded professionals with proven leadership to take Meld USA to the next level.”
Landscape Forms will operate Meld USA from its North Carolina production facility, serving the current customer base. Landscape Forms is planning additional investments in Meld USA research and development efforts and manufacturing facility. In the coming months new concrete site furniture will be launched under the Landscape Forms brand.
All Landscape Forms products designed by Larry Kornegay will continue to be produced at the Kornegay Design facility.
Founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1998, Meld USA has earned a national reputation as an industry leader in materials innovation. Meld USA designs, develops and manufactures products made of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC.) It developed and is the nation’s exclusive manufacturer of extremeconcrete™, an architectural material manufactured from a mixture of concrete melded with materials such as glass and metal to provide color and texture. extremeconcrete™ is included in the innovative materials library of Material ConneXion, the largest global resource of new materials. Meld USA products include furniture, countertops and custom architectural elements and its clients range from leading design and architectural practices to restaurant chains, major corporations and educational institutions.
About Landscape Forms
Landscape Forms, is the industry leader in integrated collections of high-design site furniture and advanced LED lighting. Since its founding in 1969 Landscape Forms has earned a reputation for excellent design, high quality products and exceptional service. The Landscape Forms U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan with sales offices throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Southern Europe, the United Arab Emirates and Asia. Landscape Forms collaborates with renowned industrial designers and consultancies, landscape architects, and architects to design and develop integrated collections of products that address emerging needs and help create a sense of place. The company has an installed base of products around the world. Clients include municipalities, transit centers, corporate, college and health care campuses; and familiar brand leaders such as Boeing, Cisco Systems, Disney, Sprint, American Airlines, Herman Miller and Nike. Landscape Forms was recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the Top 15 Small Workplaces in the US.
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