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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, 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
Tuesday, 24 March 2020 17:55

Steelcase issues layoffs, slashes costs amid worries over coronavirus disruptions

GRAND RAPIDS — Steelcase Inc. said Tuesday that reduced or halted operations at its global manufacturing and distribution centers because of the coronavirus will “temporarily, but significantly” affect the company’s ability to generate revenue in its current quarter. 

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
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 12:56

Office furniture trade show NeoCon postponed

NeoCon, the office furniture industry’s annual showcase held each June in downtown Chicago, has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 15 March 2020 16:00

Volunteer-powered coalition helps Kent County residents file tax returns

Powered by hundreds of highly trained volunteers, the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition helps working individuals and families in the region receive important refunds during tax season.

Published in Nonprofits

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
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 10:01

Steelcase sells off PolyVision in $74 million deal

GRAND RAPIDS — Steelcase Inc. has divested coated steel manufacturer PolyVision Corp. to an affiliate of Industrial Opportunity Partners, an Evanston, Ill.-based private equity firm. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 02 February 2020 18:45

As West Michigan manufacturers begin 5G adoption, widespread use could be decades off

In the coming decade, the connectivity of smart factories will rely on next-generation 5G wireless technology. 

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
Sunday, 10 November 2019 15:33

Why employers are reaching out to help employees struggling with opioid addiction

For the past three years, roughly 6,000 employees across the U.S. for Grand Rapids-based furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. have had free access to an online health portal to treat addiction. 

Published in Health Care
Friday, 20 September 2019 09:37

Steelcase, Herman Miller report strong quarters as customers seek talent solutions

Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. each recorded strong sales results for their most recent quarters.

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 09 September 2019 14:05

Office interiors dealer Custer Inc. acquires Indiana company

GRAND RAPIDS — Workplace interiors dealer Custer Inc. has acquired Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Productive Business Interiors. 

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 16:36

Multi-state developer purchases former Amstore headquarters

GRAND RAPIDS — An affiliate of Bloomfield Hills-based Kojaian Management Corp. has purchased the 925,000-square-foot former headquarters of Amstore Corp. 

Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

New office furniture products fit spaces to workers’ needs, movements

Despite slowing national economic growth, U.S. demand for office space continues to rise above forecasts. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

MT Contract resurrects familiar products at NeoCon debut

SHELBY — When Grand Haven-based JSJ Corp. decided last year to get out of the contract furniture business, Silver Street Inc. saw an opportunity to bolster its product offerings.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

Labor shortage creates order delays, slower growth for Steelcase

GRAND RAPIDS — The tight labor market that many CEOs across the nation worry about these days cut into Steelcase Inc.’s quarterly sales growth.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 06 January 2019 21:12

Steelcase, Herman Miller eye continued growth in 2019

West Michigan-based contract furniture makers Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. expect to maintain sales momentum going into 2019.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 23 December 2018 19:26

Crystal Ball 2019 Manufacturing Outlook: Headwinds, talent challenges tamp down forecast for manufacturing sector

Whether the West Michigan manufacturing industry continues on an ongoing growth trend in 2019 or veers into a contraction remains uncertain. Economist Paul Isely, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University, uses automotive, furniture, agriculture, and “amazingly nowadays” aerospace manufacturing to find the pulse of where the region’s economy is headed in the coming months and years. 

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:41

Steelcase posts higher earnings for third quarter

Steelcase Inc. posted strong, double-digit gains in sales and earnings for its most recent quarter.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:24

Vacant land plays growing role in West Michigan real estate

With vacancy rates across all commercial real estate sectors at near record lows in West Michigan, industry executives say buyers have increasingly turned their attention to vacant land.


Sunday, 30 September 2018 19:51

MiBiz Growth Report: Oct. 1, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Oct. 1, 2018.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 28 September 2018 20:12

Office furniture manufacturers weigh options in wake of tariffs

As the U.S. wades deeper into a trade war with countries including China, West Michigan-based office furniture manufacturers have been forced to raise prices and re-evaluate their supply chains to mitigate risks.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 21 September 2018 12:11

Steelcase, Herman Miller report strong quarterly growth

Steelcase Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. each posted strong sales and earnings for their most recent quarters and expect growth to continue into the current period.

Published in Breaking News

Thursday, 20 September 2018 10:14

Steelcase to acquire U.K. manufacturer for $79 million

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. is expanding its stable of alternative workplace furniture designs.

Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:40

GR Chamber faces backlash over LGBT concerns after Schuette endorsement

Over the last several years, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has sought to make diversity and inclusion a key part of its mission and culture.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 31 August 2018 20:03

'Chilling effect:’ Manufacturers, recyclers feel brunt of China’s ban on recyclable materials

A Haworth Inc. policy to avoid sending waste to landfills has put the company in a bind as the recycling industry struggles to react to a glut of materials flooding the market.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 03 August 2018 23:22

End of a cycle? M&A activity plateaus for West Michigan manufacturers, advisers say

Before Landscape Forms Inc. acquired Kornegay Design last year, the Kalamazoo-based designer and manufacturer of site furniture, accessories and lighting mulled several acquisition targets that shared its design culture and core beliefs.

Published in Manufacturing
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

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