MALVERN, Pa. — CertainTeed Corp. announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Hunter Douglas' North American ceilings business.

Hunter Douglas is the world leader in window coverings, and is also a major manufacturer of architectural products. Its North American ceilings business manufactures architectural ceilings and soffit systems with operations in Norcross, Ga. and Denver, Colo., and has 100 employees.

"The acquisition of Hunter Douglas' North American ceilings business demonstrates our continued commitment to invest in the growth of our ceilings business," said Mark Rayfield, president and CEO of CertainTeed. "Over the past 60 years, Hunter Douglas has earned the trust of its customers and is well-respected in the ceiling industry. We have a high level of confidence in the Hunter Douglas team and want to preserve its innovative, entrepreneurial culture and close customer relationships."

"The combined companies will create a leader in specialty ceilings benefiting our employees and customers alike," said Ron Kass, president and CEO of Hunter Douglas Inc., the North American operations of Hunter Douglas NV.  "As part of the divestment, Hunter Douglas will develop collaborative programs with CertainTeed and Saint-Gobain to market our commercial window-covering products."

The acquisition will significantly expand the CertainTeed product portfolio, which includes all-purpose and high-performance acoustic ceiling panels, clouds and baffles, specialty gypsum ceilings, suspension systems and custom-engineered acoustic solutions. The pending transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in July 2018.

"This acquisition will increase CertainTeed's presence in the high-growth architectural specialties ceilings market and establish CertainTeed as one of the industry's most comprehensive ceilings manufacturers," said Carmen Bodden, vice president and general manager of CertainTeed Ceilings. "This move will make our customers' jobs even easier by increasing the range of solutions they can purchase from a single source, while also strengthening our innovation capabilities and enabling cross-selling opportunities for the entire portfolio."