Menards: The big-box retailer will start buying home automation from Amazon soon

Menards, the giant home improvement chain, is set to purchase one of the largest home automation companies in the U.S. as part of a $1.6 billion deal.

The deal is expected to close this month and includes Menards’ Homejoy platform, which will include more than 80,000 smart home devices and apps, the company said in a statement.

Menards also plans to launch its own home automation system.

“The Homejoy team has worked hard over the last several years to help customers with their automation needs, including helping with the development of the first Homejoy HomeWatch app and helping customers with the launch of the new HomeKit app, which is designed to enable connected devices to be connected and control their home,” Menards CEO David A. DeBerg said in the statement.

“We look forward to building a relationship with Amazon and bringing this unique product to the marketplace.”

The announcement follows a string of recent acquisitions by Amazon that have included home automation, video game consoles, a robotics division and video game hardware.

The company also recently added the home security and security systems division to its team.