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Vanderwel’s ‘solid leadership’ propels Grand Angels, West Michigan startup scene
When Jody Vanderwel first heard about Grand Angels, she knew very little about the business of angel investing.
Zeeland furniture company expands, transitions leadership during pandemic: Symbiote charts new strategy under 2nd gen owner
ZEELAND — Symbiote Inc., a designer and engineer of laboratory furniture for high-tech environments, has experienced a wave of changes since August 2019, and not entirely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former Herman Miller exec launches ergonomics-focused office furniture products
After serving nearly three decades as director of seating and ergonomics product management for Herman Miller Inc., Keith McRobert has leveraged his knowledge and experience into a new venture.
Several West Michigan companies earn perfect scores for LGBTQ equality in workplace
Several large West Michigan-based companies earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, a tool that scores how well businesses support LGBTQ people.
Lawsuit claims Herman Miller, foundation fraudulently obtained Nelson designs
ZEELAND — A recent lawsuit alleges Herman Miller Inc. and a foundation with close ties to the contract furniture manufacturer conspired to obtain rights to an iconic mid-century modern lighting furniture design.
Herman Miller navigates market disruptions amid start of Knoll integration
ZEELAND — Herman Miller Inc. contended with several market disruptions as it worked to integrate the newly acquired Knoll Inc. into its operations during the start of its new fiscal year.
Herman Miller completes Knoll acquisition, proposes MillerKnoll as new name
ZEELAND — After closing on its transformational $1.8 billion acquisition of Knoll Inc. Monday, furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. has unveiled its new name for the combined companies.
Office workers gradually return to downtowns as officials forecast a new landscape
The short-term outlook of city officials and commercial real estate experts is improving as office workers gradually return to in-person work, and they share an optimism as downtowns reawaken from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite solid quarterly earnings, Herman Miller’s outlook sends stock tumbling
ZEELAND — Despite solid quarterly earnings for Herman Miller Inc., the contract furniture maker’s share price fell nearly 7 percent in trading Tuesday on the company’s lower-than-expected outlook for the current quarter.
Public filings shine unusual spotlight on $1.8B Herman Miller-Knoll deal
As a transformational merger between two office furniture giants heads for final approval, the details of their seven-month courtship offer insight into a deal that could change the industry’s landscape.
Furniture manufacturers huddle to overcome supply chain challenges
Fragile and inefficient supply chains took center stage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have furniture OEMs reevaluating the ways to approach this key component of their operations.
Leaders of West Michigan’s big three furniture makers forecast the post-pandemic workplace
GRAND RAPIDS — As business leaders across industries grapple with their approach to the workplace in a post-pandemic era, The Economic Club of Grand Rapids provided insight on the topic from some of the most influential players in office furniture.
Blockbuster deal comes amid short-term furniture industry upheaval, long-term optimism
Gilbert Rhode’s vision from nearly a century ago fits today’s changing furniture design landscape as Herman Miller Inc. proposes to buy competitor Knoll Inc.
Workspace designers consider multigenerational needs of employees
The Generation Z workforce — once thought of as craving the opportunity to work from home, where they find flexibility and freedom from the watchful eye of a superior — happens to be the demographic that is most eager to return to the office.
Herman Miller launches e-commerce platform for commercial clients
ZEELAND — Office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. unveiled a new e-commerce platform this week that caters to the company’s commercial clients.
Designer Joey Ruiter leaves minimalist mark on vehicle, furniture industries
Not many designers — if any — feature a portfolio of work quite like Joey Ruiter.
Soft North American contract furniture market drags Herman Miller sales lower
ZEELAND — Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. continues to feel the sting as office workers stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New compliance registry poised to lift furniture makers’ profile, products
The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) unveiled a new digital tool this month that is poised to bring greater clarity to the market and help both specifiers and buyers quickly gauge the safety and durability of products.
Advocates call on Southwest Michigan First to back civil rights expansion after CEO controversy
KALAMAZOO — LGBTQ advocates say Southwest Michigan First should support expanding Michigan’s civil rights law following backlash to the appointment of its new CEO, former House Speaker Lee Chatfield.
Pandemic sends furniture manufacturers’ work from home plans into overdrive
For the large West Michigan-based office furniture manufacturers, remote working was a familiar concept and a demand they were prepared to fulfill.
6 West Michigan companies earn top grades for LGBTQ equality workplaces
GRAND RAPIDS — Six West Michigan corporations earned top scores in this year’s Corporate Equality Index rankings recently published by the Human Rights Campaign, showcasing the companies as among the best places to work for LGBTQ equality.
Herman Miller retail orders help offset declining quarterly sales
ZEELAND — Retail orders helped anchor Herman Miller Inc. amid declining sales, the international furniture manufacturer reported Wednesday in its second quarter fiscal 2021 earnings.
Strong retail performance powers Herman Miller’s first quarter fiscal 2021 results
ZEELAND — With some lingering economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic weighing it down, Zeeland-based office furniture giant Herman Miller (NASDAQ: MLHR) still offered a better-than-expected earnings report late Wednesday.
Biz groups back new Holland LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance
HOLLAND — Business leaders and elected officials in Holland say the city’s recently approved anti-discrimination ordinance codifying protections for the LGBTQ community will be beneficial for retaining and attracting talent.
Amway executive joins Herman Miller board of directors
Office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. (NASDAQ: MLHR) has voted to add an Amway Corp. executive to its board of directors.
Business Leaders for Michigan PAC contributes $100,000 to civil rights expansion campaign
The political advocacy arm of Business Leaders for Michigan, a roundtable composed of some of the state’s largest companies, has contributed $100,000 to a ballot initiative to expand Michigan’s civil rights law to include LGBTQ protections.
Michigan at ‘dangerous tipping point’ for COVID-19, health leaders warn
A coalition of business and health care leaders across the state today warned Michigan is at a “dangerous tipping point” in the COVID-19 pandemic and “at risk of losing ground it has sacrificed for months to gain.” The group cited increases in new daily cases in the last month after two months of steady decline. They include a record 610 new cases Wednesday, and more than 1,400 between July 2 and 4.
Herman Miller president for North America and global ops to retire at end of 2020
ZEELAND — Herman Miller Inc. will conduct an internal and external search to find a candidate to succeed 20-year company veteran Gregory Bylsma, who will retire at the end of 2020.
Herman Miller revenues plummet 29 percent in March-May period amid COVID-19 pandemic
ZEELAND — In the shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic, office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. reported a 29.1 percent drop in net sales for the fourth quarter of its 2020 fiscal year that ended May 30, 2020.
Herman Miller cuts 300 jobs
ZEELAND — Office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. is laying off about 300 employees throughout the company’s global workforce in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions.