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Displaying items by tag: Herman Miller Inc

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
Sunday, 26 April 2020 11:33

MiBiz Growth Report: April 26, 2020

MiBiz growth report for April 26, 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 14 April 2020 13:10

Herman Miller sues online retailer over knock-offs

ZEELAND — Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit against an online retailer for counterfeiting iconic designs from the company’s Design Within Reach Inc. subsidiary. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 12 April 2020 19:27

Automation helps manufacturers adjust operations to serve health care needs

In late March, two days before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a stay-home order for all state residents, General Motors Co. approached Esys Automation with a challenge. 

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 03 April 2020 11:31

Herman Miller cuts salaries, suspends dividends

ZEELAND — Office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. is implementing a range of actions to temporarily reduce costs and preserve liquidity, including a 10-percent reduction in compensation for the majority of the company’s salaried employees.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 30 March 2020 12:16

Herman Miller brings back manufacturing workers to focus on health care projects

ZEELAND — Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. anticipates bringing back up to 30 percent of its manufacturing employees by today to help support the company’s health care division.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:50

Race to add hospital capacity keeps West Michigan manufacturers on the job

ZEELAND — As Brad Davis tracked news about the spread of the coronavirus in early March, he cautioned his production team at MedViron LLC that the company might need to shut down to do its part with social distancing.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:32

Herman Miller to pay workers during three-week shutdown

ZEELAND — Herman Miller Inc. is continuing to pay its Michigan workers affected by the temporary shutdown of its manufacturing operations in compliance with the state’s stay-home order. 

Published in Manufacturing
Thursday, 19 March 2020 10:25

Herman Miller records higher sales, can’t offer guidance because of coronavirus uncertainty

ZEELAND — Herman Miller Inc. says it’s unable to predict sales for the present quarter because of the coronavirus pandemic that has created a “high degree of uncertainty throughout the global economy.”

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 01 March 2020 10:06

MiBiz growth report: March 1, 2020

Here is the MiBiz growth report for March 1, 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 13:47

Herman Miller partners with Logitech for esports, gaming furniture

ZEELAND — Furniture maker Herman Miller Inc. is partnering with a division of Logitech International for the research, design and manufacture of furniture solutions for esports athletes and gamers.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 20 December 2019 13:13

Herman Miller, Steelcase post mixed quarterly results

The two largest office furniture companies in West Michigan posted mixed results in their most recent quarters. 

Published in Manufacturing

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