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Displaying items by tag: Steelcase Inc

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
Sunday, 26 June 2016 11:14

Companies increasingly see office environments as key to worker well-being

Employers who are increasingly paying attention to the overall well-being of employees are generating opportunity for West Michigan office furniture makers to create the type of workspaces that contribute to workers’ health.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 26 June 2016 11:11

As office spaces change, design remains top of mind for employers

Grand Rapids-based law firm Miller Johnson Snell & Cummiskey PLC recently joined the growing ranks of companies ditching aging, inefficient offices for modern space better suited for collaboration.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:55

Freedom of choice: Employers seek blended office settings to offer workers options

CHICAGO — After several years of vacillating between open office concepts and private spaces, the so-called “pendulum shift” in office furniture seems to have settled into a new normal. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:29

Cautious optimism pervades office furniture manufacturers

Apart from uncertainty caused by global turmoil and the current political landscape, the office furniture industry seems primed for at least two more years of positive, albeit modest, growth.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 01 May 2016 12:33

Liberal arts schools respond to marketplace with entrepreneurial programs

The number of entrepreneur-themed programs developed for non-business students continues to grow across West Michigan liberal arts schools.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 03 April 2016 15:24

Michigan utility looks to meet renewable energy needs of large customers

JACKSON — Michigan’s second-largest electric utility says it is developing a program to meet the needs of large energy users who want more of their electricity to come from renewable sources

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 13:43

Earnings spike in Steelcase’s fourth quarter despite tepid revenue performance

While revenues declined slightly in the fourth quarter, Steelcase Inc. benefited from a tax restructuring and the partial sale of an investment to drive earnings.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 11 March 2016 15:38

Former Steelcase CEO Hackett to launch mobility services division for Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co. has tapped board member and longtime Steelcase Inc. CEO Jim Hackett to lead and launch a new mobility subsidiary.

Published in Breaking News

Monday, 07 March 2016 13:15

Steelcase raises guidance for fourth quarter

After a series of tax restructurings in the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market, Steelcase Inc. executives increased revenue projections for the company’s fourth quarter, which ended Feb. 26, 2016.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 10 January 2016 22:24

Decade-long data center project could boost backlog for West Michigan contractors

With state tax changes secured, Switch Communications Group LLC now turns its attention to the decade-long buildout of its $5 billion cloud-based data center in southern Kent County.

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