OAKVILLE, ON—Partners Kevin Collis and Steve Demaine announced in September that the smallwares and furniture manufacturer’s agent and distributor Demaine & Collis was separating into two companies as of Oct. 1.
Demaine & Collis was founded in 2004 as a manufacturer’s agent, which expanded into distribution.
“Our company became very diversified,” Demaine told CLN. “It grew every year in the last 10 years, with a range from dishes to outdoor furniture. Moving forward, we wanted to concentrate on more specific market segments.”
Collis said the company split made sense because there were too many lines, so Demaine is going in one direction with furniture and he is heading in another with smallwares. The split also made sense because the furniture side currently distributes across Canada, while the smallwares section focuses on Ontario and Quebec, said Demaine.
Collis’s new company will be called Total Tabletop Plus Inc. and will distribute Churchill and Bugambilia in Eastern Canada, Walco in Canada, Rosseto in Ontario and Quebec, Taylor, Riedel and John Boos in Ontario, and continue to represent Eurodib, KitchenAid and Winco for Ontario.
The team of employees and sales agents will include Marie Van Barneveld, Darlene Montgomery, Dejan Kriek, Tony Volpe, Dan George, Rob Weiss and Adam Butler. Collis said he is looking to grow the business in Ontario and has no plans to go national.
Demaine’s new company will be named Bum Contract Furniture Inc. and will continue to distribute Emu, Nardi and Tuuci in Canada, Forbes in Ontario and Mity-Lite and Grand Rapids Chair Co. in Ontario and Quebec. Moving from Demaine & Collis to the new company as employees or sales agents are: Tammy Demaine, Tara Witt, Brad Webster, Tony Volpe, Dan George, Rob Weiss, Adam Butler and Mike Flanagan.
Both companies will continue to work out of the 20,000-square-foot-plus facility at 2150 Winston Park Dr. that houses the showroom, warehouse and office space until the location’s lease expires in 2014.
Collis said his company will most likely stay in the Winston Park unit, but that “it’s still up in the air.” Demaine will potentially be looking for a more streamlined, 15,000-square-foot space in Oakville, ON, after the lease expiry, he said.
“It’s definitely an amicable split,” said Collis. “We’ll probably still work together in certain areas, we just won’t be at the same company.”