Valley Forge Fabrics has acquired Contract Decor International (CDI), a window treatment manufacturer. Valley Forge executives say the buy is a strategic move to support their company’s continued growth in the hospitality industry by expanding its offerings to include vertical window fabrication solutions from decorative textile to install.
Photo above: Diana Dobin, Valley Forge Fabrics; Mike Handler, CDI a Valley Forge Company; and Michael Dobin, Valley Forge Fabrics. Photo: Courtesy of Valley Forge Fabrics
“Becoming a more vertical supplier and creating value for our industry is a critical piece of our company strategy,” says Diana Dobin, co-ceo of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Valley Forge Fabrics, a high-profile supplier of decorative textile products for hospitality. “Manufacturing and installing hospitality window products and services is a natural evolution and the Valley Forge Fabrics family fits together perfectly with the CDI family.”
Going forward, CDI will be known as CDI a Valley Forge Company. The CDI team will remain in place under the leadership of Mike Handler, who is retaining partial ownership of the new company.
“It is unique to find two companies that share such similar roots and core values,” says Handler, whose company is based in Brockton, Massachusetts. “These are two successful, 2nd generation family businesses with common goals of providing our clients with the best experience possible. This opportunity will allow us to be better in every way: To be more pro-active and to respond to our client’s needs in a faster, more complete manner. It will truly allow us to become the absolute best that we can be. I am excited to partner with the Dobin family and their entire team, and even more excited for what the future holds.”
Adds Valley Forge co-ceo Michael Dobin: “Our clients have voiced two major pain points in regards to the window, and CDI a Valley Forge Company will provide new solutions to the marketplace. First, we will be able to move from PO receipt of the textile, to installation of the finished product, at a faster pace than the market has experienced in the past. Second, we will offer one accountable party in charge of the whole process. This will cut down on excess communication and make for a better customer experience.”