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Displaying items by tag: Herman Miller Inc

Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:00

Handling Headwinds: Office furniture execs brace for industry challenges

Industry headwinds such as steel and aluminum tariffs and new disruptors are forcing many West Michigan office furniture makers to deal with new challenges. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:00

Good office design blends mix of settings, execs say

Inside Chicago’s Merchandise Mart at NeoCon earlier this month, office furniture manufacturers displayed new products that both showcased and contradicted the renewed shift to more private office spaces.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:00

BUYING SPREE: With flurry of deals, office furniture companies seek to fill product gaps

Whether via acquisition or partnership agreements, West Michigan’s office furniture makers are looking to fill product holes with their recent spate of deals.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 10 June 2018 21:14

MiBiz Growth Report: June 11, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 11, 2018:

Published in Breaking News
Thursday, 07 June 2018 10:11

Herman Miller acquires minority stake in Danish furniture company

In the second investment announced in as many days, Herman Miller Inc. acquired a minority stake in a Danish furniture maker.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 09:40

Herman Miller invests $6 million for stake in Dutch maker of modular walls

A West Michigan office furniture company is partnering with an investor group to acquire a Dutch manufacturer of modular walls.

Published in Breaking News


Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

From Boardroom to Classroom: Execs-turned-educators bring practical knowledge to students

A handful of West Michigan executives find that practical business experience can carry over from the boardroom to the classroom.

Published in Talent
Thursday, 08 March 2018 08:30

Herman Miller International exec to retire

A member of the executive team at Herman Miller Inc. has announced plans to retire.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:09

AMP Lab @WMU leverages partnerships to address talent shortage

GRAND RAPIDS — With the new AMP Lab @WMU that’s set to open this fall, Western Michigan University wants to leverage public- and private-sector partnerships to help local manufacturers innovate and access talent.

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 05 February 2018 18:05

Herman Miller CEO to retire by Aug. 31

Brian Walker will retire from Herman Miller Inc. by Aug. 31, ending a 29-year career at the office furniture manufacturer, including 14 years as president and CEO.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 04 February 2018 14:12

Mercy Health pilots new practice and design model in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — Mercy Health’s new primary care medical practice on Grand Rapids’ west side resulted from what Ben Look calls a lot of dissatisfaction.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:28

Robotics to the rescue: Office furniture makers increasingly adopt automation technology amid struggle to find talent

Office furniture manufacturers have been late adopters of automation, particularly inside their West Michigan-based factories.

Published in Manufacturing


Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:28

Herman Miller CEO ‘generally optimistic’ about 2018, despite ‘geopolitical noise’

Brian Walker continues to believe the overall fundamentals of the economy remain strong, but the ongoing wave of nationalism and demonstrations of military might cause him some degree of concern. The president and CEO of Zeeland-based office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller Inc. (Nasdaq: MLHR) counts on free and open access for the trading of goods for his company’s continued success. Meanwhile, the continued “geopolitical noise” from external events like Brexit only creates uncertainty, he told MiBiz at the recent Business Leaders for Michigan CEO Summit in Detroit.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:03

Herman Miller knew of problems at Design Within Reach before deal, plaintiffs say

Alawsuit challenging Herman Miller Inc.’s 2014 acquisition of furniture retailer Design Within Reach heads to trial in a few weeks with additional allegations.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 07 July 2017 12:16

Herman Miller reports flat fourth quarter, year-end earnings amid turbulent order environment

Order volatility in the office furniture industry continued to affect sales for Herman Miller Inc.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:00

Shifting to Services? Office furniture makers shake up business model with new data offerings

CHICAGO — When Herman Miller Inc. first introduced the Aeron chair during the dawn of the dot-com era in 1994, it took the office furniture industry by storm.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:00

Bringing Home to Work: ‘Resimercial’ office products dominate at NeoCon

CHICAGO — After years of shifting between private spaces and open office floor plans, the office furniture industry seems to have settled on a happy medium.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 11 June 2017 20:00

GVSU’s new Design Thinking Academy aims to embed design culture in local companies

GRAND RAPIDS — Over his storied career, John Berry has advocated for the benefits of incorporating design principles outside of traditional creative industries. Now, Berry is taking that vision one step further at Grand Valley State University with the new Design Thinking Academy, where he serves as director. The academy spun off from the university’s Design Thinking Initiative that launched in 2014.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 28 May 2017 19:00

With Hackett, Ford hopes for another visionary CEO

When Jim Hackett retired from the corner office at Steelcase Inc. in 2014, he told MiBiz the “narrative is still being written” about what he planned to do in the next phase of his professional life.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 02 April 2017 12:54

Office furniture manufacturers report stagnant earnings in latest quarters

West Michigan-based contract furniture companies have muddled through the recent period of political uncertainty and mixed international demand.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 02 April 2017 15:52

Lawsuit over Herman Miller deal for Design Within Reach heads to trial

ZEELAND — A legal dispute challenging the validity of the 2014 merger between Herman Miller Inc. and Design Within Reach could head to trial in Delaware this November.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:51

‘Mixed demand’ disrupts Herman Miller’s third quarter sales

Herman Miller Inc. closed the third quarter of its 2017 fiscal year with sales down slightly compared to the previous quarter, missing analysts’ expectations.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:55

Unknowns cloud 2017 outlook for West Michigan office furniture makers

HOLLAND — Backed by strong growth in the European market and synergies created through its residential business unit, Haworth Inc. closed 2016 with better sales growth than the company had in the prior year. 

Published in Manufacturing

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 11:06

Herman Miller reorganizes leadership and operations, promotes 4 execs

Herman Miller Inc. will centralize its leadership and integrate functions of several business segments bid to better streamline its organizational structure and accelerate growth.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 05 February 2017 16:44

Reality based: Video game design educational programs help tech firms compete in VR/AR

People don’t often associate West Michigan with video game design, and for good reason. 

Published in Other
Sunday, 22 January 2017 11:10

Cycling for a cure? Gran Fondo supports promising MSU research on melanoma

The 2,000-plus cyclers who will pedal through West Michigan this June for the Gran Fondo event will do more than just get in a day’s ride. 

Published in Health Care

Thursday, 22 December 2016 10:04

Herman Miller earnings flat amid global uncertainty

Heightened volatility in order patterns coupled with uncertainty in the global economy and geopolitical environment contributed to flat performance at Herman Miller Inc.

Published in Breaking News
Monday, 05 December 2016 15:15

Human Rights Campaign lists 5 West Michigan firms as top LGBT-inclusive workplaces

Five West Michigan companies rank among the top performing organizations in the nation for providing an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers.

Published in Breaking News
Monday, 19 September 2016 17:05

MILITARY GRADE: Employers find value in veterans’ military experience, work ethic

After 23 years of active duty in the U.S. Army, Jason Schenkel faced an uncertain future when he retired from the military a little more than a year ago.

Published in Other

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