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Displaying items by tag: Steelcase Inc

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
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:10

Amazon officially announces Gaines Township distribution facility

Amazon.com Inc. has made its first official announcement regarding the ecommerce giant’s long-planned distribution center in southeastern Kent County.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 10:09

Steelcase to offer commercial products from West Elm via dealers

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. is partnering with furnishings designer West Elm on new workplace designs.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 03 June 2018 10:00

West Michigan businesses back Soo Locks upgrades

MACKINAC ISLAND — West Michigan business leaders say that a proposed upgrade of the Soo Locks in the Upper Peninsula is critical for keeping the region’s economy moving forward.

Published in Breaking News
Saturday, 26 May 2018 14:11

Steelcase asks for relief from metal tariffs

GRAND RAPIDS — Facing the possibility of higher metal costs, the largest manufacturer in the office furniture industry has reached out to the federal government for relief. 

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 27 April 2018 11:11

Gaines Township planners sign off on distribution facility linked to Amazon.com

A proposed “massive” distribution and warehouse facility in southern Kent County has moved one step closer to a groundbreaking.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 18 March 2018 11:15

Steelcase turns to building automation systems to improve energy efficiency

By using a wireless lighting control system to receive data and information from its operations, office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. is improving its overall energy performance on its factory floors.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 18 March 2018 19:00

Sources: Amazon in talks for distribution center in Kent County

GAINES TOWNSHIP –– Developers representing an online retail behemoth are considering a 100-acre site in southern Kent County for a “massive” distribution facility, MiBiz has learned.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:48

Manufacturers solve problems internally, bring training in-house

Over the last few years, manufacturers have developed extensive in-house training programs in a move to combat skilled worker shortages.

Published in Talent

Monday, 05 February 2018 16:55

Steelcase expects to report loss in current quarter as a result of charges related to tax reform

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase Inc. expects to report a loss in its current quarter as a result of the effects of tax changes in the U.S. and France.

Published in Breaking News
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, 10 December 2017 21:56

MiBiz Growth Report: December 11, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Dec. 11, 2017.

Published in Breaking News

Friday, 08 December 2017 14:43

Steelcase sales underperform expectations for third quarter

Grand Rapids-based Steelcase (NYSE: SCS) this week reported preliminary sales of $772 million for its third quarter of the 2018 fiscal year. That compares with sales of $787 million for the same three-month period a year earlier, and with the company’s expectations for sales of $785 million to $810 million.

Published in Breaking News
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 17:37

Steelcase to acquire California furniture maker

Office furniture maker Steelcase Inc. plans to acquire a California-based maker of height adjustable desking, benching and seating for workstations.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 22 October 2017 18:28

Data center operator Switch to pay $25 million for Pyramid campus south of Grand Rapids

GAINES TOWNSHIP — Technology firm Switch Inc. plans to buy the 700,000-square-foot Pyramid campus that’s home to its data center in southern Kent County, MiBiz has learned. 


Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

GR investors lead funding round for artificial intelligence-based wellness app

An Ann Arbor company that wants to take traditional workplace wellness to an entirely new level using artificial intelligence has drawn a large share of capital from Grand Rapids-based investors.

Published in Health Care
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
Sunday, 06 August 2017 15:39

Compounding just in time: Manufacturers focus on logistics as global supply chains grow, product complexity increases

Manufacturers are finding they increasingly have to focus on an aspect of their business that doesn’t involve making a product.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 23 July 2017 14:01

Staying the course: Manufacturers’ R&D spending expected to remain steady through 2018

West Michigan manufacturers continue to take a steady yet conservative approach to research and development spending.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:26

As real estate market surges, West Michigan creatives ponder their place

When Brian Kelly first heard about a suburban space to move his Grand Rapids-based photography studio, he ignored the idea for one simple reason: It was in Kentwood.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:00

Office furniture companies embrace coworking, variety of spaces

With an increasingly mobile workforce and an ever greater need for technology investments, companies and entrepreneurs continue to seek out new designs for their offices.

Published in Manufacturing

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
Friday, 23 June 2017 15:16

Volatile order environment continues to impact Steelcase in start of new fiscal year

Despite an erratic environment for orders, Steelcase Inc. reported earnings on par with the previous year.

Published in Breaking News

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
Friday, 12 May 2017 10:33

Partnership drives tech sector training

A new partnership and grant dollars aim to help train future technology sector employees.

Published in Breaking News

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
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 09:06

Steelcase flat for 2017 fiscal year despite rocky first two quarters

Bolstered by increased order volume from the Americas and Asia, Steelcase Inc. managed to close its 2017 fiscal year on par with the previous year’s results.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 19 February 2017 18:11

Electric choice customers, suppliers optimistic despite recent federal ruling

Federal regulators this month rejected a plan by the multi-state electric grid operator to redesign the capacity auction process for parts of Michigan and Illinois, a move that would have affected electric choice customers and providers.

Published in Economic Development

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