Microsoft, Steelcase Deliver Huddle Rooms on Wheels with Surface Hub 2S

Wednesday, 28 June, 2019

Microsoft has begun shipping the new Surface Hub 2S, its video conferencing digital whiteboard platform that aims to address the emerging desire among customers to create mobile huddle rooms on the fly. Introduced earlier this year, Microsoft has partnered with office furniture maker Steelcase to develop a custom cart on wheels optimized to move and create ad hoc video conferences.


Inscape Announces Fiscal Year 2019 Fourth Quarter Results

Thursday, 27 June, 2019

Inscape (TSX: INQ), a leading designer and manufacturer of furnishings for the workplace, today announced its fourth quarter financial results ended April 30, 2019.  Sales in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 were $18.6 million, an increase of 7.7% compared to the same quarter of the prior year on a comparable basis when excluding prior year sales from an exited business unit. Including prior year sales from the exited business unit, sales were down 13.4% compared to the same quarter of the prior year. Sales for fiscal year 2019 were 9.2% higher than the prior year sales excluding an exited business unit.


Harvey Norman Acquires Bowermans Office Furniture

Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

Australian retailer Harvey Norman has continued its diversification with the reported purchase of nationwide office fit-out specialist, Bowermans Office Furniture.

On Bowermans’ current website, it states it is now “A specialised department of Harvey Norman Commerical Division.”

It appears that Bowermans will continue business as normal, but with added support and business development.

Herman Miller CEO says company can’t find employees without LGBTQ protections

Monday, 24 June 2019

ZEELAND, Mich. – Office furniture giant Herman Miller CEO Andi Owen says her company is struggling to attract talented workers because its home state of Michigan lacks civil protections for LGBTQ people.
In a conversation Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham, Owen said some potential employees have voiced worry about the lack of non-discrimination protections in the state of Michigan.


Herman Miller leaving Mart for Fulton Market

Tuesday, 11 June, 2019

After 80 years at the riverfront giant, the furniture company is moving its showroom to a new development in the trendy corridor.

furniture company and longtime tenant in the Mart is leaving the building after eight decades for a new home in the Fulton Market District, following the lead of another prominent furniture maker that recently made the same move.

Herman Miller, which opened its first Mart showroom in 1939, leased an entire mixed-use development planned at 1100 W. Fulton Market, where it will move late next year, the company confirmed.

Steelcase Partners With Moooi and Moooi Carpets for North American Market

Wednesday, 7 June 2019

Steelcase and Moooi announced yesterday a new creative partnership for the North American market. Through Steelcase’s vast dealer network, designers will have access to an array of Moooi-designed carpets, lighting, furniture, and accessories for their workplace projects. The collection will be available in Fall 2019.


Steelcase to add 400 workers, 600,000-sq-ft of production space

Thursday, 6 June 2019

CARROLLTON, Texas – Office furniture giant Steelcase, number 2 on the FDMC 300 list of largest wood firms in North America, will hire nearly 400 seasonal workers for new operations in Texas.

Steelcase is hoping to grow its footprint in Northern Texas and has purchased two industrial buildings in the area – adding more than 600,000 square feet of production space. The company will use the buildings for manufacturing and distributing beginning this summer.

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Martela Corporation starts eur 4 million cost efficiency program

Monday, 3 June, 2019

Martela continues the cost efficiency improvements started in 2018 in order to improve its profitability. Target for the cost efficiency program is to reach EUR 4 million annual savings. Purpose of the planned actions is to align company’s cost base to meet current market conditions and to secure set profitability targets. In addition to decrease fixed costs, company is also investigating other alternatives to change cost base to be more flexible. Planned savings will start to materialize gradually from the beginning of 2020 and will have full impact by the first quarter of 2021.