Two of Iowa’s largest office furniture companies, Pigott Inc. and Saxton Inc., have joined forces, the two Des Moines-based companies announced Wednesday. In a transaction completed on Dec. 30, Pigott acquired the assets of Saxton, and the newly combined team will represent both the Herman Miller and Kroll legacy brands under the Pigott name across the state. “Joining forces with Saxton affords us a unique opportunity to leverage the very best from both organizations – talent, experience, products and services,” said John Stenberg, president and owner of Pigott. “Our intention is to bring more innovative solutions to our customers and the architectural and design community." Kim Augsperger, former owner of Saxton, will serve in a consulting capacity with the organization. In April 2021, office furniture giant Herman Miller announced its $1.8 billion acquisition of Knoll Inc., one of its leading competitors in the design, manufacturing and retailing of office and home furniture. “It’s that monumental event that inspired Saxton and Pigott to join forces and bring that same excitement and capability to our local markets,” Augspurger said. Stenberg said it will likely take a few months to fully integrate the companies’ two teams. In a Q&A sent to clients, the company said that it may fully integrate the combined operations into existing Pigott facilities, but that the decision remains to be determined. The combined company currently has 126 employees, 117 of which are in Iowa.