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Displaying items by tag: Steelcase Inc

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
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

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
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 14:10

Steelcase performance flat in third quarter

Steelcase Inc. reported flat earnings in its third quarter, but still met analyst predictions and the guidance the company issued earlier in the year.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 12:35

Global design firm executive joins Steelcase board of directors

Tim Brown, president and CEO of Palo Alto, Calif-based IDEO has joined the board of directors at Steelcase 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
Thursday, 22 September 2016 14:00

Weak orders drive down earnings for Steelcase in Q2 2017

Declining order volumes hampered revenues for office furniture maker Steelcase Inc. in its second quarter of its 2017 fiscal year, which ended Aug. 26, 2016.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 16:40

WMCAT announces new HQ on Grand Rapids’ West Side; $7.5 million capital raise

Nonprofit education organization West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) today announced a plan to move its headquarters to the emerging Bridge Street corridor.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:04

AUTO FOCUS: Automotive suppliers equipped for free trade

The mood of the country as reflected in the major political parties suggests a sharp turn against global free trade. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 26 June 2016 12:09

Post-Brexit, West Michigan public company stocks take a beating

Stock prices of West Michigan’s publicly traded companies tumbled on Friday as Wall Street succumbed to the uncertainty caused by the U.K.’s decision to exit the European Union.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 24 June 2016 15:17

Amid flat growth, Steelcase projects declining revenue ahead

While Steelcase Inc.’s first quarter earnings largely met executives’ expectations, the company projects a decline in revenues and orders in its second quarter, driven largely by uncertainty in the global market.

Published in Breaking News

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