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Displaying items tagged: Herman Miller Inc

Sunday, 11 September 2022 18:47

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.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 17 May 2022 17:27

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 30 January 2022 20:31

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. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:05

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 30 September 2021 16:55

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 11:57

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.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 18 July 2021 17:10

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.

Tuesday, 29 June 2021 17:03

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. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 20 June 2021 18:55

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.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 23 May 2021 18:50

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. 

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 17 May 2021 16:34

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 25 April 2021 18:25

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.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:20

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.

Thursday, 15 April 2021 16:09

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 28 March 2021 19:00

Designer Joey Ruiter leaves minimalist mark on vehicle, furniture industries

Not many designers — if any — feature a portfolio of work quite like Joey Ruiter.

Published in Manufacturing

Thursday, 18 March 2021 13:37

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 14 March 2021 18:15

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 16 February 2021 15:11

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.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 14 February 2021 18:00

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 28 January 2021 16:40

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.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 17 December 2020 17:05

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.

Published in Manufacturing

Thursday, 17 September 2020 15:43

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 30 August 2020 17:26

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.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 24 August 2020 10:57

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.

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 20 July 2020 14:27

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.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 09 July 2020 11:24

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.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 09 July 2020 11:17

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.

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 29 June 2020 22:11

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 18 May 2020 14:16

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.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 10 May 2020 18:02

HOME, FOR NOW: Office furniture industry stays vigilant as nation joins ‘huge experiment’ in remote working

The COVID-19 global pandemic has pushed millions of Americans to work from their home offices, or in lieu of a dedicated workspace, their dining room tables and couches. 

Published in Manufacturing

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