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Hackett to retire as CEO of Steelcase

Written by | Wednesday, 17 July 2013 12:45 |

James P. Hackett announced today he would retire as CEO of Steelcase Inc. after 19 years at the company.

The announcement in June that German-owned automotive supplier Benteler Automotive planned to close a Grand Rapids facility next year as part of a global repositioning strategy raised a red flag among some local political and business leaders.

Brad Davis’ father always told him “luck will beat skill any day of the week.”

Two of the largest office furniture manufacturers in West Michigan say they expect to see moderate sales growth through the summer.

‘Systems-centric’ culture change

Written by | Sunday, 07 July 2013 22:00 |

ZEELAND — When most people think of medical devices, they likely envision small plastic and metal tools or the myriad equipment doctors use to perform procedures on patients.

Two of the largest office furniture manufacturers in West Michigan say they expect to see moderate sales growth through the summer.

Herman Miller Inc. posted a solid sales increase for this spring while nearly doubling earnings.

NeoCon – A study in contrasts

Written by | Sunday, 23 June 2013 22:00 |

This year’s NeoCon expo in Chicago offered up somewhat of a study in contrasts.

The office furniture industry is bracing for a period of significant change beyond the myriad new products the companies unveiled at the NeoCon expo in Chicago earlier this month.

A Battle Creek-based niche manufacturer of vintage aircraft is proving that what is old can be new again.

The give and take between raw material suppliers and makers of manufactured goods can create a corresponding tension between automotive component suppliers and their automaker customers.

Steelcase Inc. posted a small sales decline for its latest quarter and expects modest growth for the present period.

Hastings Manufacturing acquired by PE firm

Written by | Wednesday, 12 June 2013 15:10 |

One of West Michigan's oldest automotive suppliers has been acquired by an East Coast private equity firm.

West Michigan tool and die shops such as Walker Tool & Die seem poised for growth thanks to opportunities with the frenetic automotive product cycle, aggressive industry diversification strategies and a matured view of competing regions. That reversal of fortunes has the industry struggling to keep up, rather than struggling to stay viable.

BIFMA outlook holds for 2013

Written by | Sunday, 09 June 2013 22:00 |

After a dip in business to start the year, the office furniture industry rolls into NeoCon this week with continued expectation for some growth for the remainder of 2013 and improved business fortunes in 2014.

After developing a strong regional reputation for the quality of its products, one West Michigan manufacturer is looking to expand its market and open new doors for growth.

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