Lighting company acquires wood seating maker

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Father and son Ivan and Norman Alexis founded Alexis Manufacturing in 1946. Courtesy Alexis Manufacturing

An East Coast lighting company acquired a local maker of wood components and seating.

Brooklyn, New York-based Roll & Hill, a lighting fixtures brand, announced Tuesday that it acquired Walker-based Alexis Manufacturing Company, a nearly 75-year-old contract supplier of complex wood components and wood seating to the furniture industry.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Roll & Hill founder Jason Miller said the strategic acquisition will allow his company to expand its capabilities into the design and making of wood furniture with plans to launch its first furniture collection later this year.

He said Roll & Hill will continue to fulfill Alexis Manufacturing’s contract business under its existing name and will keep many of the company’s craftspeople and makers on board.

“Alexis Manufacturing is a heritage brand that has stood the test of time and that has tremendous production capabilities,” Miller said. “We plan to continue this legacy while at the same time bringing a new sense of energy and design.”

Alexis Manufacturing

Father and son Ivan and Norman Alexis founded Alexis Manufacturing in 1946.

The business initially began making tables but soon transitioned to chairs when a local furniture brand commissioned its production help.

Purchased by Howard Miller Clock Company in 1983, Alexis moved to its current location, at 3188 Wilson Drive NW in Walker, in 1997.

Roll & Hill

Founded in 2010, Roll & Hill collaborates with independent designers to create “beautiful and unique” lighting fixtures that draw from “a rich material palette” that includes brass, bronze, leather, wood, hand-knotted rope and mouth-blown glass.

The firm offers on-demand production, which allows for greater customization.

At its headquarters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, parts are assembled by hand, one lamp at a time.

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